Shops, wardrobes alike are infected by this fabric chewing pest.
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Clothes Moths - Tineola bissesilia

Also known as a Carpet Moth - the larvae of this textile pest feed on natural fabrics. If you've ever gone into your wardrobe and found a penny sized hole in your clothes. This is probably the cause.

Though they are winged - males do not often fly, female moths never fly. Previously this was a pest of dusty environments such as museums. Nowadays this is a common domestic pest feeding on natural fibres such as cotton, wool and silk.

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Signs of a moth infestation

What to look for...

    • Remember, the straw coloured clothes moth does not actually feed on fabrics.
    • It's the white larvae which do that.
    • Look in dark, dusty corners as these are good harbourages.
    • They are called Common Clothes Moth but will feed on carpet too.
    • There are 3 other types of moths that cause damage - these are as follows:
      • Case Bearing Clothes Moth - the damage to fabric tends to be more circular holes, unlike the clothes moth holes, which are irregular.
      • Brown House Moth - this is the most common type of domestic moth, feed on animal based materials such as leather.
      • White Shouldered House Moth - rare species that feeds less on natural fabrics than the other species.

Where to look...

  • Start with the vacuum cleaner which will often hoover up but not destroy the casing of the larvae.
  • Pull furniture away from walls.
  • Lay your clothes out, particularly those that haven't been worn or washed in a while and comb through with a clothes brush.
  • Focus on silk, cotton and wool. Clothes and carpet!
  • Our team can help guide you through this process, get in touch below.
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Moth prevention and control


  • If fabric items or textiles are out of use, store them in a sealed bag to prevent eggs developing.
  • Housekeeping - vacuum harbourages (corners, cracks, crevices) regularly.
  • Change vacuum bag regularly.
  • Wash clothes regularly - see control for temperatures.
  • Close doors, shut windows where possible to prevent moths entering/moving through.
  • For ongoing prevention greenpest can install fly screens and offer a hormone based system to prevent moths indefinitely.


  • Empty the vacuum cleaner outside so the eggs are not remaining in your house.
  • Change vacuum bags regularly.
  • Hot! Washing clothes above 40°C destroys eggs.
  • (and cold) if you can find it - temperatures below -8°C have the same effect!
  • Wipe down and clean intensively pieces of furniture, thorough vacuum behind.
  • Remember moths can enter the home the same way you do! Check bags, containers, suitcases and anything else you take on your travels.
  • Hygiene! Thoroughly clean the room, vacuuming all cracks and crevices.
  • Wash clothes at high temperatures (where suitable) - above 60°C.
  • These pests nest within dusty areas as well as clothes, so vacuum as much as possible.
  • Synthetic fibres will not attract these pests.

Contact us today

Wherever you need help with pest control, Multipest have a local team that can help you. Get in touch with our friendly team today.

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