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Moths (Webbing Clothing Moth)
Moths (Webbing Clothing Moth)

Moths (Webbing Clothing Moth)


  • Color: wings and body are buff/golden except for reddish hairs on top of the head. Larvae are small caterpillars that are a clear to creamy-white color with a light brown head capsule.
  • Size: adults are 1/2 inch long from wing tip to wing tip; when the wings are folded, the insect is about 1/4 inch long. Larvae are 1/2 inch long when mature.

Habits of the Webbing Clothing Moth:

  • Females carefully place their (40 to 50) eggs deep in the mesh of the infested fabric by attaching the eggs with a glue they secrete.
  • The newly emerged larvae begin to feed immediately. They often spin silken tunnels or mats, incorporating fragments of the textile being infested and bits of feces into its construction.
  • Adults have nonfunctional mouthparts and do not feed.
  • Developmental time (egg to adult): 35 days to two years.
  • Life span of adults: approximately two weeks.
  • They seldom are seen because they avoid light.

Damage Caused by the Webbing Clothing Moth:

  • Larvae feed upon clothes, carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, felt, animal hair, and stored wool and especially enjoy feeding upon soiled materials.

Look for:

  • Damage to various products.
  • Larvae and/or their webbing.

How to Control and Kill Webbing Clothing Moths:

  • Infestations should be prevented by frequent and thorough cleaning of susceptible materials.
  • Rugs and furniture should also be thoroughly vacuumed to prevent infestations.
  • Clothing should be stored in tightly closed containers.
  • Clothing infested with webbing clothes moths should be decontaminated by dry cleaning or laundering.

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