There are two types of clothes moths (webbing and case making) that may cause serious damage to materials of animal origin such as feathers, wool, furs, mummified carcasses and piano felts, or to material of plant origin such as tobacco, various herbs, seasonings and assorted plant-based drugs. Clothes moths and are found throughout Canada.
Case-making clothes moth adult’s measure up to 14 mm and both wings are long and narrow. The body and wings are buff /golden colour with brownish tinge, except for 3 dark spots on each wing. The larvae carry its silken case wherever it goes.
Webbing clothes moths measure up to 12 mm and both wings are long and narrow. Wings and body are uniformly buff/golden colour except for a tuft of reddish setae (hairs) on the top of the head.
Females lay an average of 30 to 50 eggs, and attach them to material. The webbing clothes moth has a developmental time of 50 to 90 days. The female dies after her eggs are laid, whereas the male may live to 28 days. The case-making clothes moth has a developmental time of 46 to 116 days. Adult females live 3 to 8 days while males live 3 to 5 days.
Adult moths are poor fliers, and avoid light. Silken tubes will be evident in the hidden portions of clothes such as under collars, as well, holes in material may be present. In fur, the hairs may be clipped at their base causing loose fur and exposed hide. Cases can also be found in a crack or crevice away from the infested materials.
Regular inspection of clothing, carpets and other materials made of natural fibres is essential, as is regular cleaning of these materials.
Environmental Pest Control has excellent treatment programs for Clothes Moths. We use a combination of pheromone traps and treatment methods. Please contact our office for more information.
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