Clothes Moths

Clothes moths are pests because they cause considerable damage to clothing, carpets and furniture in the home. Unlike most moths, they avoid light and prefer dark, undisturbed areas, such as closets and attics, crevices of upholstered furniture, and areas of carpeting covered by furniture. They are most likely to infest stored, undisturbed materials, so a lot of damage can occur before they are discovered.

clothes moth larvae, pupae and adult on wool
Clothes moth larvae, pupae and adult on wool. Larvae are creamy white up to 1/2 inch long.

adult clothes moth
Adults are golden colored moths, and may be uniform in color or have indistinct dark specks on the wings. They have reddish golden hairs on top of the head, and are about 1/2 inch long.

sweater with clothes moth damage
Damage is usually to stored articles and may consist of irregular surface feeding or holes eaten through the fabric.

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