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25 January

Holes in Your Sweaters? Clothing Moths May Be the Cause

Are you finding small holes in your favorite warm sweater or jacket? Clothing moth’s larvae may have feasted on your wool, fur or down. These insects are rarely seen but can feed on fabric for many months!

Facts About Clothing Moths

Clothes moths don’t like light and are so secretive that you’ll probably never see them. And the adult moths don’t eat your clothes. Larvae do the damage.  The adult moths lay eggs in secluded spots with plenty of food — wool, fur, down, shed pet dander, and other animal-based materials.  Larvae emerge within a few weeks.  Damage may look like irregular worn spots or holes eaten completely through the fabric.

Other “fun” facts about clothing moths include:

  • The webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth are 2 types of clothing moths. Casemaking clothes moths are usually found in the south.
  • The best way to avoid problems with clothes moths is through prevention.  When storing your clothes, be sure to dry cleaned or wash.
  • Steer clear of stinky, carcinogenic mothballs.  Also, household insecticides should not be used to treat clothing.
  • Call a pest control specialist (like Suburban Exterminating) to eliminate your serious infestation.

Call Suburban Exterminating (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900 for same day service.

 

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