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All About Clothing Moths and How to Eliminate them From your Home or Business

There are many types of moths in this area but the type that destroy clothing, furniture, rugs and other belongings have no place in our homes. Moth infestations are very easy to eliminate when you have the right tools at your disposal. Unfortunately, many of the consumer-grade products are simply not effective for total elimination of moths in the home. They will kill some or most of the moths, but even if a couple survive, the whole problem can start all over again. As a licensed exterminator we have access to the safe and effective products that will completely get rid of moths – and it is guaranteed. If the moths come back, so do we.

Clothing Moth

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The most common clothing moth is the Webbing Clothes Moth, they are often found fluttering weakly around dark corners at night. Clothes moth larvae can be highly destructive and damage items of animal origin, such as wool, fur, silk, and feathers. Larvae will also feed upon cotton, linen, and synthetic fabrics if contaminated by perspiration, urine, milk, beer or fruit juice. They are attracted to stains on clothing and the protein in it, only the larvae of the moths are detrimental to clothing. There is 3 type of Moths found throughout Canada; Webbing Clothes Moth, Casemaking Clothes Moth & Tapestry or Carpet Moth. The Webbing Clothes Moth not seen during the day due to the fact they hide from daylight. A meal moth, a common “pantry pest,” flies about during daylight and is often mistaken for one of these moths.

How to get rid of Clothing Moth

At Addison, we combine chemical and physical control methods to ensure that a pest infestation is eliminated quickly and safely with the minimum impact on the environment. We use a combination of non-toxic residual insecticidal spray and a crack and crevice treatment to ensure any Clothing Moths in wall voids or soffits will not be able to survive.

If you discover a nest that is well established and causing significant nuisance or financial loss to your home or business we advise you to take extreme precautionary methods while removing the nest or contact a pest control professional to eliminate the nest and implements a physical and chemical pest control program if necessary.

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How to identify Clothing Moth 

An adult Webbing Clothes Moth can measure up to 12mm in length. During the flight the wings display a silvery-brown appearance but are pale yellow-brown while resting, the head exhibits a tuft of red hairs.
Larvae are 12 mm in length are a creamy white contribute to reducing with a brown head and no ocelli. Larvae found in the cuffs and folds of upholstery found on clothing and furniture.

Signs of Clothing Moth Infestation

The larvae cause the most damage, they can be found in closets on clothes where they will eat away at all clothing. Once they have entered the home they will spread from closet to closet. You will start noticing holes in your clothing as well as seeing the adult moth fluttering in your closets and throughout your home

How serious are Clothing Moth 

Damage will appear in hidden locations so you might have to look for evidence of an infestation. Check areas beneath collars or cuffs of clothing, in folds of material on furniture and carpeted areas beneath undisturbed furniture. Only the larvae of the moths are detrimental to clothing and can be highly destructive. Clothes moth larvae can damage items of animal origin, such as wool, fur, silk, and feathers. Larvae will also feed upon cotton, linen, and synthetic fabrics contaminated by perspiration, urine, milk, beer or fruit juice. They are attracted to stains on clothing and the protein in it.

How Addison can help prevent Clothing Moth Infestation in the future.

By conducting regular inspections of all sensitive areas, populations reduced, and damage can be limited. Ensure doors and windows are closed or use screens in the summer months.  Moths can easily find their way back into the home through a hole in a screen or an open door when removed from their location.
Good Housekeeping will help prevent infestations and keep pests out. Remove clothing and items from closets and drawers, vacuuming and removing lint on which larvae may feed will contribute to reducing breeding. Clean often to prevent the buildup of hair, lint, dust and dirt which are ideal places for them to reproduce.

Regularly vacuuming and cleaning rugs, drapes, furniture, pet bedding, closets, as well as crack and crevices in the floor. It is important to remember areas inside and behind heaters, furnace air ducts, and vents. Always make sure to empty vacuum cleaner bags outside to reduce the risk of spreading eggs throughout your house.

When making clothing purchases, look for woolens and wool synthetic blends that have been treated by the manufacturer with the correct moth resistant aggregate.

How can Addison Help Eliminate Clothes Moth 

Thoroughly wash and launder garments regularly and before storage. Try storing all (clean) articles of clothing in tight sealed plastics bags or other containers that are airtight.  Make sure if using a container that does not seal properly to tape off edges and seal so that no moths can enter. Be aware of the change in seasons, if you have suffered from clothing moths infestations a deep clean in corners can never hurt

If possible place clothes in cold storage, where temperatures remain -40C (which happens to be -40F as well) Larvae are inactive at this temperature. Some people believe that placing their clothes in the freezer will reduce or solve their problem, but in fact, this will only slow the reproduction process and not kill them.

Additional Information

Reproduction & Lifestyle

Female moth will lay her tiny eggs among the threads of a fabric., in fur clothing, taxidermy mounts, lint and other debris or undisturbed corners. Females lay on average between 40-50 eggs during a 2-3 week period. In the can hatch in a few days, as where winter the process can be slowed and the may require more time to develop. Larva (caterpillar) will spin a very distinct looking silken feeding tunnels that sometimes look patchy. A Moth will molt 5 to 45 times in a lifetime depending on temperatures and access to food. Webbing Clothes Moth spin their webbing as they feed creating temporary silken feeding tube or tunnel. Pupation takes place inside a silken cocoon, usually on fabric. Casemaking Clothes Moth (less commonly found) larvae are ready to pupate they wander away from their food source to find crevices. Creating a permanent silken case that larvae carry with them as they move around.

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