Clothes moths are one of the top three fabric pests that infect homes. A fabric pest has the unique ability to digest keratin. Keratin is the primary protein in hair, skin and finger nails in humans. People leave behind keratin everywhere in their homes. This then creates the prefect feeding ground for fabric pests and most especially the clothes moth. Dave’s Pest Control wants to help make their customers aware of these pests and how to better control them from becoming infested in your home and cause extreme damage.
Clothes Moth Lifecycle
The U.S has three main types of clothes moths. All clothes moths have the same life cycle as a butterfly. They all begin as an egg, to larva, pupa then to adult. All adults have a wingspan of about ½ inch which are narrow and fold over one another. Clothes moths aren’t the best when it comes to flying. In fact they mostly jump then fly.
Webbing Clothes Moths
The first major species of clothes moths is the Webbing Clothes Moth. These moths have posed a serious threat to museum objects, historical churches, rugs and tapestry shops. The adult webbing clothes moths grows about 1/4 of an inch in length. Their bodies have a golden sheen to them and they have reddish hair on their head.
Casemaking Clothes Moths
One of the least common clothes moths is the Casemaking Clothes Moths. They cause much less damage then the webbing clothes moths would. These moths are found in greater numbers in the southern United States than the northern part. Nonetheless they are widely spread throughout the U.S. These moths got the name casemaking because the larvae spin a protective silk case while it feeds. The cases they spin provide camouflage that helps them blend in with their food source. Then the larva will carry this case that will later becomes its casing in it’s pupate stage. Adult casemaking clothes moths are dusty brown with three dark spots on the front wing.
Tapestry Clothes Moths
One of the rarest species of clothes moths is the Tapestry Clothes Moth. However these moths are one of the largest moths in the U.S. They are often found on tapestries and rugs, and occasionally on furs and feathers from stuffed animals. These moths have white heads and wings with black tips on the end of the wings.
Moth Repellent & How to Get Rid of Moth Larvae
The battle begins when these moths are in their larva stage. Larva requires vitamin B so the best way to prevent clothes moths is to deny them a food source. Begin by cleaning all linen before storage and vacuum your home and furniture regularly. Also most fabric pests thrive in high humidity, so air conditioning and heating your home will help deter an infestation. Another effective way to prevent moths is to dry clean your clothes and linens. This often will kill any unseen eggs or larva. Inspect the areas most likely to be infested by moths. After keeping your home and linens clean, you can then start looking at moth traps and insecticide sprays.
Moth Pest Control
It always helps to contact a professional pest control company. Dave’s Pest Control can provide relief from these damaging insects. If you have encountered an infestation of these clothes eating insects, we will be there to help protect your home. Call us today.