Moth Eggs

Clothes Moth Eggs and Damage

Moth eggs vary in appearance depending on the species. We specialise in pest control, including clothes moth and carpet moth control. Effective moth control and moth treatments in London area

The common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) likes to feed off wool and other animal fibres, so it’s particularly fond of clothing that’s hanging around in your wardrobe – including hand-knitted jumpers – as well as fur coats and leather garments.

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Contrary to popular belief, adult moths don’t eat our clothes or fabrics. It is their larvae that cause the damage; the immature specimens that have recently emerged from the moth’s eggs. If you have adult moths in your home, chances are good that they have laid some eggs somewhere. Once those eggs hatch and the moth larvae emerge.

Moth eggs need to be kept safe and protected while they develop. Clothes and carpet moths (which are in fact the same species) begin their lives as eggs; the first stage of the life cycle. Adult female moths search out an appropriate nest, somewhere they are out of view and unlikely to be disturbed, and can lay anywhere from 50 to 100 eggs each time. She doesn’t lay all one hundred eggs in one go. Instead, the egg-laying occurs over several days. Once a moth has laid an egg, it takes between four and ten days to hatch. The primary factors in determining when moth eggs hatch are temperature and humidity. If you want to induce moth eggs to hatch, keep conditions in your home warm and humid.

As you would expect, moth eggs are small and hard to detect. Female moths also choose to lay their eggs where they are least likely to be found. Most of the time, you won’t know you have moth eggs in your fabrics until they have hatched and the larvae have started devouring your clothing.

 

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Clothes Moth & Carpet Moth Control

Moth eggs vary in appearance depending on the species. Moths which make silk cocoons will produce shiny, white pear shaped eggs (0.5mm) whereas other moths which do not spin cocoons but live with their wings outstretched during the daytime will lay drab coloured spherical eggs (1mm).

Moth eggs are laid singly or in groups of 8-30 on surfaces where the larvae will feed. These surfaces are usually organic, e.g. wool, silk, hair and feathers but can also include cotton or synthetic fabrics which contain natural fibres or have been pretreated with sizing made from animal proteins.

 

 

Read more about moth eggs, our clothes moth and carpet moth control services

Read more about Pest advice for controlling Moths from British Pest Control Association

FAQ About Moths

How long do moths live?

The lifespan of a moth often depends on the conditions they live in. These insects range from 30 – 90 days, but can last up to six months if their environment provides enough food sources and protection against predators!

The best way to remove moths?

The best way to get rid of moths is by preventing their entrance in the first place. That means using moth repellent DIY products, which are typically made from things like lavender or cedar chests. If you’re not able (or willing) for this step then call an experienced pest professional who will come out right away and make sure your home’s security measures stay intact!

What attracts moths to your house?

There are many factors that attract moths to your house. But the most important thing for pantry moth larvae is food like cereal, chocolate flour and dried foods which they need in order to grow into adults!

Moth species might require different types of requirements when it comes down to what attracts them- clothes moths feed on animal fibers while others prefer human materials or even metal objects left behind from old renovations.

 

 

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