Webbing Clothes Moth

Family Name

Tineola bisselliella

Characteristics

Type:

Flying

Size:

About 0.375 inches long.

Colour:

Cream, with a tuft of red hair on the top of the head. The larvae are white.

Behaviour:

Fabric pests such as clothes moths, although not particularly dangerous, can sometimes cause irreparable damage to personal belongings. These moths are able to digest animal hairs and, therefore, feed on almost any item made of natural fibres, particularly wool and cashmere.

Habitats

Clothes moths tend to stay confined near clothing, which makes them easier to control.

Tips for Control

Your pest control professional can rid your home of these pests, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until your fabric pest problem can be controlled:

 Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage or basement, if possible.
 If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage and seal all corners and openings with tape.
 Prior to storage, clean woollen and natural fibres clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
 In closets, store natural fibres clothing items by covering them with individual plastic covers.
 Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units.
 Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odour that could require dry cleaning.