Clothes moths are a fairly small species of moth, with less than an inch for their wingspan. They are a dusty golden color, with fine orange hairs on their head. Larvae of the species feed on natural fibers, so all stages of the moth are often found in closets.
Be they male or female, the main goal of the adult clothes moth is to mate. Once maturity is reached, these moths only live for, at maximum, a month, as they stop eating. If they do successfully mate, they die soon after. The female moth will lay an average of 50 eggs during her adult lifespan. Once the eggs are laid, it takes around 10 days for them to hatch. Upon hatching, it can take up to two years for clothes moth larvae to reach their next developmental stage. This can be problematic as the larvae are the true damage-causers.
Clothes moth larvae can feed on any variation of natural fibers, including wool, silk, cotton, linen and fur. However, they will also eat synthetic fibers if those fibers are blended with wool. Larvae are most attracted to these fabrics when they have been worn, and may acquire additional nutrients from the dirt and sweat collected in the them. Unlike other moths, clothes moths are attracted to dark areas and will hide if exposed to light.
Controlling Clothes Moths
The first step for controlling clothes moths is to find the item or items that the moths are attracted to. Once located, one easy home-remedy is to put the item in a bag and into the freezer! Clothing moth larvae cannot survive the cold, so putting items in the freezer can help to stop the immediate damage being caused to the item. Eggs can survive in colder temperatures though, so we suggest keeping the item separate and putting the item back into the freezer if any additional eggs hatch. You can also put the items in a hot car, as clothes moths in their various stages cannot withstand extreme heat. If neither of these options work or are doable for the item, or there is a severe infestation, call Advanced Wildlife Control! Our technicians are here to help keep your clothing safe from pesky larvae.
Did You Know?
Clothes moth larvae have even been known to eat flour!