Webbing Clothes Moths

What do webbing clothes moths look like?

small golden clothes moth in a long island home

The adult webbing clothes moth has a distinct tuft of reddish scales on the top of their head. Their wings and body are a buff-gold color, and their hind wings are fringed with long hairs.  These clothes moths grow to be about ½ an inch from narrow wing tip to narrow wing tip.  The webbing clothes moth larvae are white with a brownish colored head and grow to be about ½ an inch in length.

Webbing clothes moth behaviors

Adult webbing clothes moths do not like bright lights and therefore prefer to live in the dark quiet areas of homes like closets, basements, and attics.  The adults do not like light, and when they are disturbed, they will not fly away but instead will scurry into the darkness.

The larvae of webbing clothes moths thrive in areas of high humidity; they will generally live and feed in hidden areas like inside of clothing, furniture, or underneath rugs.  If there is a very large infestation, they will start to feed out in the open.  Like other clothes moths, webbing clothes moths feed on natural fibers including wool, fur, and hair.

Are webbing clothes moths dangerous?

Webbing clothes moths are very dangerous to things made of natural fibers that are located in your home.  These moths are extremely damaging and have been known to completely destroy wardrobes.  Webbing clothes moths are not a danger to people and pose no health risks.

Can Suburban help with a webbing clothes moth problem?

For help getting rid of webbing clothes moths or other pests that infest and damage fabrics in homes and commercial properties.  For more information on how we control webbing clothes moth or other pests, please contact us.  You can also schedule a free estimate.

Webbing clothes moth prevention tips

  • 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; if possible, refrigeration storage is extremely effective at preventing problems with webbing clothes moths.
  • Regularly steam clean or deep clean furniture and rugs in your home.
  • Routinely dust and vacuum in your home in order to remove excess pet hair and dander.

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