Common Clothes Moth

Family Name: Oecophoridae
Scientific Name: Tineola bisselliella

Attacks animal products, wool, fur, skins and leather. Fibres are bitten off and the loose ends discarded. Destroying much more of the commodity then is consumed.

Common on animal products.

Biology and Behaviour
10-15mm wingspan; upper forewing: pale ochreous buff, unmarked. Eggs are laid amongst fibres or scattered at random. Each female lays up to 160 eggs during a period of 2-3 weeks. During the summer these hatch in 4-10 days to give an active, white translucent larva. This grows up to 10mm in length and the head becomes darker in colour.

How do I know I have a moth problem?

Clothes or Carpet varieties cause damage to natural fabrics such as wools, cottons etc. If you notice damage in clothes or carpets it is likely that you may have a problem and require moths pest control. Other signs are the obvious physical sightings. Common clothes moths are between 5 and 7mm in size and yellowish-brown in colour. It is the larvae that cause the damage to natural fabrics. It is a misconception that the adults themselves cause the damage. Pantry moths feed on stored food products. When doing so they contaminate food stuffs. These are often found in kitchen cupboards and larder store areas. They are approximately 10mm in size and a darker colour.

Common Problem Moths

Two species that commonly cause problems in the home: clothes/carpet moths and pantry or ‘food’ moth. Clothes / carpet moths cause problems with the natural fabrics associated with clothes and carpets. Pantry moths cause problems with stored food products..


Chemical control for moths

Our chemical treatment is also extremely effective, however it can take several weeks to be FULLY effective. If the problem persists we do come back free of charge as per our guarantee.
The treatment involves spraying or space fogging a residual insecticide, this will kill all moths on contact but will not affect the eggs or larvae.
The residual quality of our professional chemicals is what kills off the eggs/ larva as they hatch. It is not until ALL the eggs and larva hatch that the treatment can be classed as complete.