What do carpet moth eggs look like?

Moths are among the most frequent insect invaders that the average home or business has to deal with. If you can see a full-grown adult specimen on your property, there’s a good chance they will be looking to lay some eggs or recently have done so. Moth eggs are about as small as you would expect of an insect this size, and they take extra care to lay them where they are less likely to be noticed and disturbed. Even if you manage to remove every adult from your property, you will be dealing with a carpet moth infestation if they have left any eggs behind.

Carpet moth eggs appear as small white specs on the floor. They are often difficult to spot unless you are looking for them specifically. After the larvae hatch, they will eat the egg casings before moving on to any other fibres they can find. In their natural habitat (which isn’t your carpet, believe it or not), carpet moths tend to lay their eggs in birds nests, which are rich in keratin. This protein is found in numerous animal fibres and household dust, so there is plenty of it in the average home or business for a hungry young carpet moth. 

The exact appearance of carpet moth eggs will depend on the type of moth that laid them. The terms ‘carpet moth’ and ‘clothes moth’ are used interchangeably depending on where their eggs are found. Over a period of four to seven days, the female carpet moth will lay anywhere between 40 and 100 eggs. They are well-hidden until they hatch and the larvae start wreaking havoc. The best way of avoiding a carpet moth infestation is regular and thorough vacuuming of your carpets.

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