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Common Clothes Moths – Tineola Bisselliella

Clothes Moth

We’ve all heard the jokes about people having moths in their wallets. Not so funny, though, is moths in your wardrobe. And whilst the majority of moths in the UK are harmless, a few of them are considered pests as their larvae chomp through your favourite possessions.

If you think you have problems with moths, contact us today for free expert advice on 0800 0283 703.

Moths don’t pose any health risk, though to be strictly accurate, it isn’t the moths that cause the problem – it’s their larvae. Once inside your home, moths get to work laying eggs and the emerging larvae will then munch their way through carpets, clothes, fabrics and furs. Even leather. And modern heating systems mean, once in, moths can thrive in your home all year round.

There are several species of the common clothes moth, all of them 6-8cm long and characterised by folding their wings tent-wise along their backs. Unchecked, a female can lay eggs in clusters of 30–200 which stick to surfaces with a gelatin-like glue. 4-10 days later very small white caterpillars emerge which immediately start to feed. They prefer dark conditions to party and emerge at night to feed. Popular havens include the wardrobe, under furniture, rugs or carpet edges. The adults, themselves, are rarely seen in flight and tend to run.

The larvae derive nourishment from the protein, keratin, found in wool, hair, fur, silk and feathers. They are particularly fond of carpets and clothing that contain human sweat or other organic liquids that may have been spilt on them – a very discerning palate!

Moth damage on carpet

Unlike the caterpillars, the adult moths don’t need to feed as they took on board all the food and moisture they needed while in the larval stage. All and any feeding damage is done by the caterpillar. A moth’s only aim in life is to reproduce and heated buildings allow clothes moths to develop all year round, with the overall life cycle lasting 4-6 months.

Development to the pupal stage takes anything between one month and two years, at which point the caterpillars spin cocoons and spend another approximately 10-50 days developing into adults. Plenty of time to quietly feed away on your belongings.

After pupation is complete, the adult moths emerge and begin searching for mates. Adults can live

Moth damage

anything up to 15-30 days all though males usually die shortly after mating, females after egg laying. A short adult life but preceded by much munching through your favourite possessions.

So, if you think you have problems with moths and would like us to help please contact us on 0800 0283 703.


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