How Long is a Moth’s Lifespan?

So how long is a moth’s lifespan? There are many misconceptions about moths, mainly because there are so many different species out there. However, only a few species tend to crop up as pests in people’s homes. The most common pest moth in the UK is the brown moth, which can live for anywhere between two and four months. However, other species can have very different lifespans.

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moth’s lifespan

Most moths have relatively short life cycles, but they are capable of causing enormous damage during their brief lives. Fabrics containing animal fibres are particularly vulnerable to attacks from hungry moth larvae. Once their eggs hatch, the larvae immediately devour their own egg casings and then move on to any other nearby sources of keratin.

How long do carpet and clothes moths live?

The full life span of a carpet or clothes moth lasts an average of 12 months, depending on environmental conditions. 

How long is the moth egg hatching time?

A female moth can lay as many as 400 eggs over those 12 months. These eggs take between four and ten days to hatch, depending on the local temperature and humidity. 

How long does the moth larval stage last?

The longest part of the moth life cycle is the larval stage, which can last as long as 2.5 years, although it is usually much shorter. This is also the stage of the moth’s life cycle during which they cause the most destruction and is the reason why moth infestations are so problematic.

Moth larvae can potentially spend the entire 2.5 years feasting on the fibres in your home.

How long does the moth adult stage last?

Once moths mature into adults, most species become incapable of eating. As a result, they tend to die within a few days or weeks of becoming adults. 

Although moths can potentially spend more than two years in their larval stage, this is rare. Most moths take a year to go through their entire lifecycle from an egg to death. 


No one wants to deal with bugs, rats, micecockroaches, flies, textile pests, insects, wasps, hornets, or bee control and ants in their house or business.

Pest infestations should be addressed as soon as possible, since if left unchecked, they might spread rapidly and cause structural damage to your house, health risks, lots of stress or even a fire danger. For more information on how to get rid of moths, check out London Pest Control Services For Moths

Moth Pest Control

At Bon Accord, we provide a full range of home pest control services as well as the Bon Accord Helpline, which allows us to deliver our clients with the level of service they require when dealing with rodents, ants, cockroaches and other infestations.

We offer a full range of services from basic to expert, ranging from a self-service solution with all the tools you’ll need to DIY treatments, supported remotely by one of our technicians to our premium service in which one of the specialists performs the whole treatment

Bed bugs

For those dealing with bed bug infestations, professional bed bug pest control services can offer a reliable and effective solution.

If you’re wondering what bed bugs look like, check out this helpful article: What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?


If you’re looking for an effective way to get rid of drain flies, this article on ‘How to Get Rid of Drain Flies‘ has all the answers you need.


If you’re looking for a professional to take care of your mouse pest problem, then check out this page on mice pest control services offered by Bon Accord, local pest control experts.


This article on Types of Carpet Beetles in the UK provides valuable information on how to identify and control these pests.

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