Clothes moths and larvae

Control and Prevention of Clothes Moths

Have you ever pulled out your carpet or taken out clothes from storage and seen the clothes ruined with holes on them? The culprit was probably clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella). They are a species of fungus moth and belong to the family Tineidae.

Types of Clothes Moths


There are two types of clothes moths that are common in Australia: the case-making clothes moths and the common clothes moths. The former is considered a major household pest in the hot and humid climate of Queensland and northern South Wales.

To differentiate one from the other, the common clothes moth is tiny with glossy, unmarked wings, whilst the adult case-making clothes moth is tiny and greyish-brown sporting three dark spots on both wings.

Damage to Human Habitation

The larva is the destructive phase in the life cycle of a clothes moth. They derive nourishment from items such as the following:

• Wool Clothing
• Carpets and Rugs
• Furs
• Stored Woollen Items
• Wool Pelt Pads in Pianos
• Upholstered Furniture; and
• Fish Meal in Fish Food

Synthetics or cotton blend items are also not safe if they contain wool. Holes caused by these pests are usually in hidden locations such as underneath the collars or cuffs of clothes, in the gaps of upholstered furniture, and in carpeted areas under the furniture.

Clothes moths are more attracted to fabrics with food, perspiration, or urine stains.

Pest Control

To prevent or control clothes moth infestation, regularly clean areas in the home where clothes moths can thrive, including closets, particularly those that store fur or woollen items; the interior of vents and inside and behind heaters; underneath heavy furniture; and crevices and cracks where hair and debris accumulate.

The most effective cleaning tool is the vacuum cleaner. Make sure to dispose of the bag immediately after cleaning the infected area as it may contain eggs, larvae or adult moths.

To store vulnerable items, place them in an airtight container. You can further protect the items by using insect repellents such as herbal oils, mothballs, flakes or crystals containing 1,4-dichlorobenzene (also known as paradichlorobenzene).

These materials have varying levels of effectiveness. Before using any of them, find out their pros and cons before making your choice.

To find out more information on controlling and preventing clothes moth infestation, check this article out.

Hire a Pest Control Specialist

Most people can take care of clothes moth infestation by themselves. However, it is recommended that severe cases of infestations be handled by reliable pest control experts like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We have the right tools, materials, training and experience to deal with difficult pest infestation jobs.

Our technicians are experienced, highly trained and skilled in identifying and eradicating different kinds of pests, including clothes moths. We will advise you on the most effective means to handle clothes moths and offer you the solution that best fits your particular circumstance.

Give us a call today! We look forward to hearing from you.