Webbing Clothes Moths

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What do webbing clothes moths look like?

adult webbing clothes moth on fabric

Adults are golden colored with reddish hairs on the head. They have slightly pointed wings with a span of 3/4 inch, and a body 1/4 inch long. Larvae are white with a dark head.

Life cycle of the webbing clothes moth

Complete metamorphosis
40-50 ivory eggs are laid on fabrics over a two-week period. The female dies after egg depositing is complete, but males continue to live. The eggs hatch in 4-21 days. Larvae molt 5 to 45 times depending on food resources available. They spin silk tunnels. They will pupate in crevices. The life cycle is complete in 65 to 90 days.

Habits of webbing clothes moths

  • Diet: Feed on soiled materials.
  • Activity: In dark areas.
  • Preferred Climate: Warmer climates
  • Defense: Small size makes it easy to evade harm.
  • Cautions: Destroy fabrics
  • Home Invasion: Usually found close to infested areas like closets. Do not like lights and will hide when disturbed.

Are webbing clothes moths dangerous?

The only thing that clothes moth will do is damage improperly stored items. There is no health threat or risk associated with this pest.

Where are webbing clothes moths found?

Webbing clothes moths lay eggs in dark, undisturbed areas. They can be found in upholstered furniture, under baseboards, and inside vents and air ducts as well as other areas where pet hair and other organic material they feed on accumulate. 


Helpful hints for webbing clothes moths

To prevent an infestation of webbing clothes moths, we recommend implementing these tips:

  • Clean under furniture, baseboards, cabinets, and closets
  • Store fabrics that have been cleaned in sealed containers
  • Vacuum and wash areas often
  • Launder items for 20 to 30 minutes if an infestation is present at 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sign up for home pest control 
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