Common clothes moth

Identifying clothes moths

Clothes moths:

  • are quite small, 6-7mm body length and 9-16mm wingspan
  • are golden with reddish golden hairs on top of the head
  • have wings that are fringed with a row of golden hairs

Clothes moth larvae are very small, about 4-5mm long.

Where are they found?

Because these moths are weak flyers and not attracted to light, you can find them close to the infested items, such as in dark areas of closets.

The larva is the damaging stage of the clothes moth and feeds on:

  • keratin protein found in wool, cotton, linen and silk
  • carpets
  • rugs
  • upholstered furniture
  • furs
  • stored wool
  • animal bristles in brushes
  • wool felts in pianos
  • fish meal in fish food
  • cotton, when blended with wool
  • hair and feathers

Signs of clothes moth damages

Damage usually appear in hidden areas of your clothes such as:

  • under collars
  • under cuffs
  • in crevices of upholstered furniture
  • in carpet areas covered by furniture
  • in fabrics with food stains, perspiration, or urine

Home treatments for moths

An adult must be present before we start the treatment. You will have to leave your property during the treatment and return at least three hours later.

Treatments in your home involve:

  • one visit
  • treating all affected rooms
  • an advice sheet with information about the insecticide used, where we placed it, and any special precautions needed

Preparing your home for moth treatment

We may not be able to treat your home if you do not carry out the following.

Before the treatment you should:

  • vacuum the whole house, especially areas where you have seen damage such as baseboards, cracks and crevices - dispose of the bag immediately after vacuuming
  • dry clean or launder items in hot water at more than 60 degrees Celsius for 20 to 30 minutes. Check labels for laundry instructions
  • put washed or dry-cleaned clothes in a sealed plastic bag
  • move wardrobes, cupboards, and beds away from the walls
  • unplug all non-essential electrical items.

The above steps will also need to be repeated if a second visit is required.

Controlling a clothes moth infestation yourself

Clothes moths may hide on woollen garments or scraps stored for long periods. To prevent clothes moths, ensure your clothes are:

  • stored properly
  • periodically hung in the sun
  • brushed along the seams, in folds and pockets

Brushing destroys eggs and exposes larvae. Larvae are strongly repelled by light and will fall from clothing when they cannot find protection.

How much does it cost?

A pest treatment for common clothes moths costs £128.60

This price is based on 1 visit and 3 rooms - additional rooms cost £15 each.

For commercial rates and information see landlords, commercial premises, restaurants and schools.

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