moth on a knoxville homes wall

HOW TO IDENTIFY CLOTHES MOTHS

Adult clothes moths from wing tip to wing tip can grow to be between 3/8th and ½ of an inch in length.  Adult clothes moths have long narrow wings that are a yellowish-buff color; their front wings have 3 dark spots and their hind wings are fringed with long hairs coming off them.

The clothes moth larvae are worm-like and grow to be about ½ an inch in length.  They are whitish in color with a black or brown head.

WHY DO I HAVE A CLOTHES MOTH PROBLEM?

Clothes moths may enter homes through cracks and crevices in foundations, exterior walls, and gaps around windows and doors.  They will also enter a home through used furniture or clothing that is already infested.

Once inside a home, they will lay their eggs, and the larvae will feed on a variety of natural fibers that include hair, fur, cotton, silk, felt, carpets, and wool.

ARE CLOTHES MOTHS DANGEROUS?

Clothes moths are not considered to be dangerous to people. They are not known to sting or bite.  Clothes moths are, however, known to damage furniture and clothing that are being stored in your home.

HOW DO I CONTROL CLOTHES MOTHS?

If clothes moth have become a nuisance in your home you should never try to solve the problem on your own, instead you should immediately contact Russell’s Pest Control.  Our professionals understand how frustrating a clothes moth infestation can be and will take the necessary steps to quickly and safely eliminate these pests from your home.

Once the current infestation with clothes moths is taken care of, future problems with clothes moths and other common household pests can be controlled through our year-round Power Platinum home pest control program.

CLOTHES MOTH PREVENTION TIPS

As a homeowner there are some easy steps you can take to help lessen the chances of clothes moth invading your home.

Clothes moth prevention tips:

  • Ensure that any clothing which will be stored is freshly washed and free of any debris.
  • Store clothing is sealed plastic containers with locking lids.
  • Furs should be stored in cold storage (less than 40 degrees).
  • It is helpful to make sure that humidity levels in basement and other storage areas are kept low by using de-humidifiers or air-conditioners.
  • Regularly vacuum your home to remove pet hair, dander, and dust. 
 

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