Casemaking Clothes Moths

What do casemaking clothes moths look like?

Adult casemaking clothes moths have long narrow wings that are brownish-gray, and while they have wings, they rarely use them to fly.  Casemaking clothes moths that are very young have three dark spots on their wings; these spots tend to rub off and may not be visible in older moths.  These moths can grow to be 3/8th of an inch to ½ of an inch in length. Their larvae are yellowish cream, have a grub-like in appearance, and grow to be about ½ an inch long. The larvae also have one eye on each side of their head.

Casemaking clothes moth behaviors

Most of the damage to items made from natural fabrics that are stored in homes is done by moths in the larval stage.  The larvae will create a “case” of silk particles that they live in and take along with them as they feed.  The larvae will feed on and damage items made from natural fabrics this includes: furs, clothing, wool carpets, and tapestries.  Adult casemaking clothes moths do not eat because they only live for a short period of time, often  3-8 days.

Adult casemaking clothes moths do not like bright lights and therefore prefer to live in the dark quiet areas of homes like closets, basements, and attics.  Because they live in the less traveled areas of a home, many homeowners don’t know that there is an infestation in their home that is, until they go to pull something out of storage and find that it has been chewed through and damaged.

Are casemaking clothes moths dangerous?

Casemaking clothes moths are not dangerous to people and pose no health risks.  They will, however, cause damage to items made of natural fabrics that are stored in homes and storage facilities.   

Can Suburban help with a casemaking clothes moth problem?

Suburban Exterminating of Long Island and New York offers pest control solutions for casemaking clothes moths and other fabric pests.  Please contact us if you have questions about casemaking clothes moths or if you’d like to schedule a free estimate.  

Casemaking clothes moth prevention tips

Listed below are some helpful tips to prevent casemaking clothes moths from invading your home and storage areas.

  • Before storing items made from natural fibers thoroughly wash or dry clean them.
  • Place items that are clean and ready for storage in specially designed airtight garment bags.
  • Regularly steam clean or deep clean furniture and rugs in your home.
  • Routinely dust and vacuum in your home.

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