Adult case-making clothes moths grow to be between 3/8 and 1/2 of an inch in length. Their long, narrow wings are brownish-gray and may or may not have three dark spots on them. Young adult case-making clothes moths generally have the dark spots on their wings, but the spots may not be visible in older moths because they tend to rub off over time. While adult moths have wings, they rarely fly. Instead, when they are disturbed, they scurry away. The larval stage of the case-making clothes moth is grub-like in appearance, cream or yellow with a brown head, and can grow up to 1/2 an inch in length. The larva has one eye on each side of its head and creates a distinctive case of silk particles that it lives in and takes with it as it feeds.
Where are case-making clothes moths found?
Adult case-making clothes moths do not like bright lights. Because of this, they are found living in dark, quiet areas inside homes and other buildings. Once inside, they are generally found in undisturbed storage areas like basements, attics, closets, and crawlspaces. As the larvae feed, they cause damage to items found in your home. The adults do not eat. In fact, they live for only a few short days; females 3-8 days, and males 3-5 days.
What do case-making clothes moths eat?
The larva of the case-making clothes moth feed on a wide variety of organic items. Food sources for the larva include: feathers, animal hides, taxidermy specimens, dry herbs, tobacco, furs, animal hair, carpets, wool and cotton clothing, and furniture.
DIY case-making clothes moth prevention and control tips
Homeowners generally don’t know that case-making clothes moths have invaded their home until they pull a damaged item out of storage. Because of this, putting the following preventative measures in place to protect your belongings from these pests is important:
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