Identifying Clothes Moths, its Management and Treatment

Clothes moths might be a major cause of concern. You need a better understanding of these moths to prevent them from damaging your clothes and adopt a better treatment plan when your clothes, fabrics, or carpets get infested.

There are about 1,60,000 species of moths found worldwide, but only two species of clothes moths commonly infest clothes, fabrics, carpets, etc. The casemaking and webbing. They like to feed all the animal derivatives present in the clothes including hair, wool, bristle, fur, feathers, etc. Household things that normally attract these moths include clothing, blankets, comforters, rugs, carpets, drapes, pillows, hair mattresses, and furs or synthetic fabrics mixed with wool. You can find the clothes moths in the dark corners of your house as they don’t like to be exposed to sunlight or any artificial lighting. You might have noticed when the restings are removed from the dark corners, they fly to the other dark areas to conceal themselves. Woolen clothes stacked improperly in dark places and left undisturbed for longer periods of time can often cause the infestation. Beetles infest rugs, carpets, and comforters causing major damages to these household items.

The adults of both species look almost alike, yellowish-tan to buff-colored with a wingspread of about 1/2 inch. The larvae of a casemaking clothes moth spin a protective case out of silk and the damage is not visible until a hole is produced. The webbing clothes moth feeds the silk present in the fibers and eventually creates a case around it when it goes for resting.

Moths Management and Treatment:

Your house is your property and you should know what steps should be taken to protect clothing and furnishings against damage by clothes moths. Following is a list of actions that you can undertake before calling a pest prevention specialist to your house.

1) Have a regular inspection program of all household items vulnerable to moths at least once a year. Take them out from the storage and vacuum those places thoroughly to ensure no moths or larvae are left.

2) When making purchases, prefer only those woolens and woolen mixed synthetic products that have been treated by the manufacturer with a moth-resistant compound. This stops bringing home the uninvited guests to cause further damages.

3) Keep your home clean to prevent lint, dust, or hair from accumulating. Vacuum cleaning of rugs, carpets, drapes, closets, cracks, and crevices in the floors, areas under the furniture, air ducts, and vents is important.

4) Clean garments before storage. Because clothes moths are attracted to clothes soiled with food, beverages, sweat, etc.

5) Store clean clothes or fabrics in airtight storage containers. You should use good-quality plastic bags to store your clothes and seal them properly. It prevents clothes moth infestation as long as the bag remains tear or puncture free.

6) Infested articles can be brushed and sunned or even dry-cleaned to get rid of the eggs and larvae.

7) Pheromone traps are good to catch webbing clothes moths. The pheromone attracts adult males to the trap where they get stuck on the sticky sides. For better results, you should place the traps where you store your clothes.
Having followed all precautions has been often insufficient to protect your homes from these moths. When the degree of infestation is high, you are advised to take the help of a professional moth control service provider for your clothes and fabrics. If you are in the UK then Moth Killers, a 25-year-old professional pest control company providing clothes moth treatment in Central London can help you to get rid of these pests. They are well equipped with modern moth treatment technology to eradicate them from your home and even guarantee any further infestation thereafter the treatment. The quarterly inspection program they have is a good fit to provide the best protection to your home and belongings. Give them a call at +44 800 077 8220 to know how they can help or email at to get a personalised quote.