The Common Clothes Moth also referred to as Tineloa Bisselliella, has completely different nature in comparison with other types of moth.
They hardly ever fly as they prefer uninterrupted, dark areas of the home and often travel through either by running or jumping. They survive and breed in the home through feeding their way through various fabric items and sadly they have a tendency to love the most expensive materials and will do anything in their power to get to them.
These can include wool fur, silk, and feathered products, as the majority of these materials include a substance known as keratin, which is actually one of the most ingestible proteins.
However, certain insects including the clothes moth have special conditions in their gut, enabling them to break down the keratin producing it a digestible material.
In terms of their appearance, clothes moths are generally around 5mm long and are yellow/brown looking in color with narrow wings fringed together with long hairs. They are actually rarely noticed in the home due to their inclination to immediately hide inside garments or furniture if ever disturbed, making them extremely difficult to eliminate.
Carpets, blankets, feathered and fur items can be drastically damaged by this pest and there have been cases where victims have had to replace the carpet in their entire home.
There is no genuine answer to why only certain houses suffer from infestation, although older properties have a tendency to be more affected than newer builds, due to a moth’s love of older garments and the difficulties in completely eradicating a moth infestation.
The bad news is that over the last twenty years there has been a rise in the number of homes affected by these pests. Some say this is due to the temperature of houses in today’s society, as many years ago moths would be killed off in the winter season, others say the increase is due to the sheer volume of clothing the average woman now owns.
This means hundreds of moths have plenty of items to feed on, or on the other hand, the increase could also be down to lack of hygiene, moths adore dirty materials, therefore putting away unwashed clothes items, or leaving a winter coat hanging up that hasn’t been dry cleaned, is like leaving crumbs of bread out for a rat.
There are specific remedies that if followed can reduce the possibilities of becoming the victim of a moth infestation; regularly shaking garments in the light where moths tend to remain, such as rugs, cushions or blankets, will disturb them and motivate them to leave.
As already mentioned moths love un-clean clothing particularly clothing such as coats and suits that sit in a wardrobe for many months without being cleaned, regularly deep cleaning any textiles and then storing them in sealed plastic cases will also help prevent an infestation.
If all else fails or you are unsure, contact the professionals. A reliable pest control company will treat each case differently and offer various types of traps and treatments dependent upon the severity.