Webbing Clothes Moth larvae attack synthetic fibers only when they are interwoven with natural animal fibre material or are soiled. They feed on keratin-containing materials such as wool, hair, fur , etc. They have been found infesting beef meal, fish meal, pemmican,casein, and milk products in addition to furs, woolens, etc. Outdoors, clothes moths have been found in the nests of birds and insects. The larvae prefer to feed in hidden places such as under collars, on carpeting from the back/jute/underneath side, etc. In these situations they typically feed through their silken tunnel. When the larvae feed in more exposed situations, they usually spin a silken mat or patch and feed from beneath it. However, under heavy infestation situations, larvae may crawl about exposed, such as under a heavily infested sofa. Larvae do much better in areas of high humidity. The adults do not feed. They shun light, not being attracted to lights as are most moth species. Females are poor fliers but are fast on their legs and run when disturbed. Males may fly up to 100 yards but seldom do so. When disturbed, they quickly seek a secluded/hidden place such as in fabric folds, etc.
Casemaking clothes moth larvae attack primarily materials of animal origin and secondarily those of plant origin. Animal-origin materials include feathers, wools, rugs, furs, mummified carcasses, taxidermy mounts, and piano felts . Plant-origin materials include tobacco, various herbs and seasonings, hemp, various plant-based drugs, linseed, almonds, saffron, etc. It is particularly a pest of feathers/down and hair/fur. The larva moves by extending its head and thoracic legs out of its case and then drags the case along. It can feed from either end of the case. The larva usually grazes here and there causing only surface furrows but may occasionally cause holes by feeding in one place for some time. It rarely spins silk on the material. When it is ready to pupate, the larva seeks a protected place, such as a crack or crevice which is usually off the infested material.
Adults do not feed. They shun light, not being attracted to lights as are most moth species. The males are smaller and are active fliers whereas, the females are sluggish and fly only short distances.
The Webbing Clothes is not associated with any disease so although not dangerous they can certainly be a nuisance and cause damage.There are silken tubes in the hidden portions of clothes, such as under collars, or silken mats or patches on material. Both the tubes and mats have fibers and feces incorporated into them. Surface grazing of fibers and/or holes in material are present. In fur, the hairs are clipped at their base causing loose fur and exposed hide. The Casemaking Clothes Moth is also not associated with any disease so although not dangerous they can certainly be a nuisance and cause damage. There silken cases which are cigar-shaped, open ended, 1.5-10 mm long, with pieces of infested material incorporated into the case, and usually attached to the material at one end, contain the larva. Surface feeding/grazing in irregular furrows or holes occurs if the infestation is severe. The case-containing the pupa is usually located in a crack or crevice, not on the infested material.
How do I get rid of moths?
Getting rid of clothes moths can be a difficult task as they are seldom seen, because unlike many other moths they avoid light, preferring dark undisturbed areas. NZ Pest Control is your one-stop company for eradication of clothes moth problems. Our highly trained pest control professionals will make a thorough inspection of your property and then create a custom designed solution to rid your property of clothes moth in the quickest and safest manner possible.
Do-It-Yourself methods of Clothes Moth control are often not successful as it takes a trained eye to know just where to look for these pests. Chemicals and pesticides should always be used with great care as they can be extremely harmful to humans and pets if mixed or used incorrectly.