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Moths (Casemaking Clothes Moth)
Moths (Casemaking Clothes Moth)

Moths (Casemaking Clothes Moth)


  • Color: buff to golden with a brown tinge; the front wings have three dark spots; larvae (caterpillars) have dark head capsules, and the first thoracic segment (leg bearing segment) is dark brown or black.
  • Size: adults – 3/8- to 1/2- inch from wing tip to wing tip; larvae – 3/8- inch long.
  • Larvae live within a small portable, silken case which they carry as they feed.

Habits of Casemaking Clothes Moths:

  • Females lay their eggs (37-48) singly on suitable larval food the day after emerging as adults.
  • Larvae feed for about 33-90.
  • The insect pupates within the silken larval case.
  • Developmental time (egg to adult): 46-116 days.
  • They are usually more common in the southern states where there are two generations per year.
  • The larva remains within the case at all times and dies if removed. It can turn completely around without leaving the case and can feed from either end.
  • Adults do not feed.
  • Casemaking clothes moths shun light, and, although males are active fliers, females fly only short distances.

Damage From Casemaking Clothes Moths:

  • To fabrics and other products of animal origin; it also feeds on products of plant origin.

Look for:

  • Adult moths.
  • Larvae on woolens, rugs, feathers, felts, skins, spices, drugs, furs, taxidermy mounts, and stored tobacco. Moth Casemaking Clothes Moth
  • Unusual locations, e.g., in air ducts (especially the cold air return), along baseboards, and other areas where pet hair accumulates.

How to Control and Kill Casemaking Clothes Moths:

  • Susceptible materials should be inspected for moth larvae (caterpillars) and cleaned or discarded.
  • Rugs and furniture should be thoroughly vacuumed or otherwise cleaned to remove lint, pet hair, and some of the larvae.
  • Stored clothing should be kept in tightly closed containers as should spices, tobacco, and drugs.
  • Infested rugs, carpets, and furniture should be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Sensitive items, such as museum pieces, wall mountings, furs, taxidermy mounts, etc., might require vault fumigation.

Innovative Pest Management serves the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Call us at (240) 755-0077 to schedule a free quote or appointment.