While adult moths do not pose a health risk nor cause damage, their larvae can damage clothes, fabrics, furs, leather and carpets. Immature stages of these insects feed on a wide variety of natural fibers including wool and silk. Moths prefer materials that have gotten dirty rather than freshly cleaned fabrics. This is why we recommend cleaning susceptible fabrics as a first step towards gaining control over an infestation. Often the larvae are overlooked until the damage is severe, so homeowners should pay attention if moths are seen, especially in closets where items of this nature are stored.
Signs of a Moth Problem
- Adult moths (frequently found in darkened areas and will occasionally fly)
- Maggot-like larvae (moth caterpillars)
- Silken tubes or cases in which moth larvae live
- Pupae (silk cocoons) in which larvae turn into moths
Two Common Species of House Moth:
WEBBING CLOTHES MOTH
Adult moths are 1/2 inch in length with straw-colored wings and no markings. The moth larvae are creamy white with a brown head. They can be up to 1 inch long and make irregular holes in fabrics.
CASE-BEARING CLOTHES MOTH
Found particularly with imported animal fabrics, adult moths are around 6mm long with a dark-buff color and three faint spots. Moth larvae are creamy-white and up to 1 inch in length. They make more regular holes in fabric than the webbing clothes moth.
Moth Control and Prevention
Clothes moths do not like light, so they are frequently attracted to darker, undisturbed areas. High-risk areas include spare rooms, under beds and infrequently used closets and cupboards. Attics are also at risk because many homeowners store susceptible materials in boxes in their attics. Since dirty or soiled clothing is particularly attractive to moths, always clean clothes before storing them and place them in sealed plastic bags if possible.
Regularly inspect hidden areas, such as the portions of wool rugs that are hidden under furniture. This is particularly important if there has been a previous infestation or if you have noticed increased levels of moth activity. Even wool rugs that are vacuumed regularly get a certain amount of soil ground into them, making them attractive to clothes moths.
Aerex Has the Solution
Aerex technicians understand the habits of each moth species and use that knowledge when developing a moth control program that is best suited to your home and your particular moth problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators.
At Aerex we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. All appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you. Call us for a free consultation at 847-255-8888.
Did you know
Silk, the luxurious fabric of fine neckties, scarves, and blouses, comes from the cocoons of the silkmoth. The larva spins its cocoon using a single strand of silk that is 1,000 to 3,000 feet long. More than 2,000 cocoons are needed to make a single pound of silk.