clothes moth

Hazardous Effects of Clothes Moths in the Home

You don’t want clothes moths in your home. These pests are not physically harmful to humans, but they can bring a lot of damage to clothing and other materials made of textile, fur, wool or mohair.

In the natural environment, they are very useful as they feed on items that will otherwise be turned into unprocessed waste if they are not around. But sometimes they find their way into human habitation where they can destroy precious belongings.

Once spotted in the home, it is imperative that strategies are formed to remove them from the premises.

 

Physical Characteristics

Clothes moths are grey-brown in colour and are typically found in humid and warm regions such as Queensland and the northern part of New South Wales. The common clothes moths in Australia are the common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) and the case-making clothes moth (Tinea pellionella).

These pests can manage to hide very well, so it is rather difficult to spot their presence. Usually, you only know they exist as you see evidence of their presence through the items they have chewed on.

The clothes moth’s life stages consist of the egg, larva or caterpillar stage and the adult stage. Of these stages, the larva stage is the most damaging as this is when the insect is feeding on fabrics, fur, animal fibres and wool kept inside wardrobes and cabinets. The feeding stage is important for it to turn into a pupa and metamorphose into a moth.

These pests are typically found in dark places such as cabinets in the bedroom or bathroom, cupboards and wardrobes where they can effectively hide, but they can also feed on upholstery and carpets. They can infest homes, commercial establishments, shops and other businesses that involve textiles and fabrics.

 

Treatment and Management

Because of the damage that clothes moths can cause inside the house, immediate treatment and management are called for. To ensure the complete removal of clothes moths in the premises, it is best to contact a reliable pest control service to take care of the problem.

In terms of DIY, you can protect your home from clothes moths by applying chemical protection to your drawers and cabinets. If you can, keep the humidity inside the house at a minimum to discourage the propagation of clothes moths.

Regular cleaning of the premises will help a great deal in keeping the place free from these pests. The techniques should work for small infestations, but if the problem is massive or you don’t want it to worsen early on, a professional service is required. Bob Gunn Termite Solutions helps in treating and managing clothes moths in your property.