Clothes Moth Control Doncaster
Common clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella) are a common pest of textiles such as wool, fur, silk, hair and feathers. Clothes moth can cause serious damage to a range of textiles and there has been a huge increase in this cloth-eating pest over the last few years. This article looks at the signs of a clothes moth infestation and how this pest can be eradicated.
It is the larvae of clothes moth that are responsible for all the damage caused to textiles. They have a voracious appetite and will feed on any natural materials that contain the protein keratin. This can cause bare patches in carpets and holes in stored clothing. They are particularly attracted to natural materials that are soiled with perspiration or food.
Damaged materials are often the first signs that clothes moth infestation is present. The larvae (caterpillars) prefer dark humid places and are therefore not easily spotted and an infestation can go undiscovered for months. Sometimes the larvae will construct minute silken tunnels that are camouflaged with debris and are used to hide in during the day. Sometimes they will spin a silk tent that is used to camouflage their feeding activities.
The infestation begins when the adult female clothes moth seeks out a suitable material to lay her eggs. She lays eggs in batches and adheres these in place by means of a glue. Throughout her short life she will produce up to 400 eggs. The length of the life cycle depends on the temperature and the quality of the food source, but in ideal circumstances can be completed in as little as 3 months.
The adults are short lived and their only purpose is to breed. Although clothes moth can fly, they are most often seen running and scuttling around looking for mates. The adults are 6 -7mm long, the wings are golden coloured and fringed with hair. There are 2 other species of clothes moth that will also decimate fabrics and these are:
- Case-bearing clothes moth (Tinaea pellionella)
- Pale backed clothes moth (Monopis crocicapitella)
The eradication of this pest requires a thorough and comprehensive approach to be able to identify the extent of the infestation and to thoroughly treat those affected areas. We at Kestrel Pest Management have many years experience dealing with this insect and will ensure the successful eradication of any clothes moth infestation.