Common Clothes Moth

Common Clothes Moth

Identyfication

Colour

The larvae yellowish-white and up to 9 mm in length when fully grown. Adults being light buff-grey in colour.

Size

Overall length 4 – 7 mm

Importance:

Pest of museums and domestic fabrics. 

Control:

Good hygiene and residual sprays for moths

Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella) Identification

The Common Clothes Moths (Tineola bisselliella) is a pest of museums and domestic fabrics. It is a small insect, with an overall length of 4 – 7 mm, with adults being light buff-grey in colour. The larvae are yellowish-white and up to 9 mm in length when fully grown.

The female moths lay between 40 and 50 eggs near the material which the larvae will feed on. These eggs hatch within 1 – 5 weeks, and the larvae will then begin to feed on the material, such as wool, fur, feathers, and other fabrics. The damage is caused by the larvae, which can take 2 – 6 months to pupate. The adults will emerge from the pupae after two weeks to two months and the cycle continues. Females do not fly, males scatter occasionally. The adults do not feed and live only a few weeks.

Good hygiene and residual sprays for moths are recommended to help control the Common Clothes Moth. The items which are infested should be washed and vacuumed to remove any eggs and larvae. Regular inspections and monitoring should also be carried out to help prevent further infestations.

Habitat, Diet, Lifecycle

Habitat:

The Common Clothes Moth thrives in dark, undisturbed areas with high humidity. This species of moth is found in a wide variety of habitats, including homes, warehouses, museums, and other areas where fabrics and other materials are stored. The larvae prefer to feed on materials such as wool, fur, and feathers, as these are high in protein, which is necessary for their growth and development.

Diet:

The Common Clothes Moth is an herbivore, and the larvae feed on fabrics and other materials, such as wool, fur, and feathers. The adults do not feed on fabrics, but instead feed on nectar from flowers. The Common Clothes Moth has been known to feed on a wide variety of materials, including cotton, linen, silk, and synthetic fabrics, as well as paper, stored grains, and stored food products. 

Lifecycle:

The Common Clothes Moth has a four-stage life cycle. The female moths lay between 40 and 50 eggs near the material which the larvae will feed on. These eggs hatch within 1 – 5 weeks, and the larvae will then begin to feed on the material. The larvae moult four times during the feeding period, which can take 2 – 6 months. The larvae then pupate and the adults will emerge from the pupae after two weeks to two months. The adults do not feed, and live only a few weeks. The female moths will lay eggs and the cycle continues.

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