Clothes Moth (Tineola Bisselliella)

Why is so common to have a moth infestation in London

One of the last things you want to find when you open your wardrobe is a moth, or worse, a bunch of moths. Upon closer inspection, you might find hundreds of tiny holes chewed right through your clothing. 

If you find something like this in your own wardrobe, it’s likely the work of an annoying little pest known as the common clothes moth. The clothes moth is a fungus moth whose larvae are considered to be a serious pest, as they get their nourishment from eating clothing and stored food.

So, what do you need to know about the clothes moth? We’re going to examine their key characteristics and habits as a pest, so keep reading to learn everything you need to know about these hardy pests. 


Features and Characteristics


Tineola bisselliella, also known as the clothes moth, is a tiny moth ranging from 6 to 7 mm in body length and with a wingspan of between 9 to 16 mm. Their heads are a brownish tan color, while their wings are typically tinted yellow. Their bodies can be grey or brown in color.

Females will lay eggs in clusters of between 30 and 200 pods, which will then stick to surfaces with a special glue-like substance. The eggs will later hatch in four to ten days, and nearly microscopic white larvae will emerge and begin to feed.

This is where the annoying part comes in. The larvae of the clothes moth typically get its nourishment from clothing, which is why you may find a bunch of holes in your clothes if you have a clothes moth infestation. They may also feed on stored grains, like cereal, oats, or wheat.

After they’ve fed enough, the larvae will start to spin cocoons and undergo pupation. Once this process is complete, adult moths will emerge and search for a mate. Interestingly enough, adult moths often prefer crawling over flying, and many may not even fly at all during their short life.

Adult clothes moths may live for an additional 15 to 30 days after pupation or may simply die after they have mated (for the males) or laid eggs (for the females). Adult moths also do not feed, as their mouthparts have atrophied during pupation. The only feeding that occurs is during the larval stage.

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How did they come in


Because the clothes moth is so small, it’s very easy for them to get into a house or building. They could feasibly fit through any small crack or hole in the exterior of a building or could simply flit in through an open window or door.

Once inside, they will search for an optimal place to lay their eggs. This will be some area out of the way, dark, and near a food source. This is important because when their eggs hatch, the larvae will need something to feed on to get them to their pupation stage.

AccuRAT vs. Clothes Moths London 


Different moth treatments for complete moth eradication, or to get rid of moth larvae in your natural fabrics, are usually chemical treatment, bio-moth removal, heat treatment, and steam treatment. We do provide a treatment plan for our moth control London customers. The moth treatment London usually contains a few stages to make sure every single infested area is treated, killing eggs and larvae and controlling the damage on clothes and natural fibres.

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Why Do You See Them Around Your Home and Are They Dangerous? 

If you see the common clothes moth in your home, they are undoubtedly there in search of a safe place to lay their eggs. Homes are the perfect place for this because they’re typically warm, away from predators like birds, and will usually have an ample supply of food for the larvae

Adult clothes moths will seek out dark, warm areas for laying their eggs in. This includes places like a dark closet that doesn’t see much attention or perhaps a pantry close to a lot of stored grains. They are drawn to these areas because clothing and grains are the main food sources of their larvae.

They are also drawn to the heat and energy in lights and may have come inside because of a ceiling light you left on. You will often see many clothes moths fluttering around light sources, so this is another reason they may have come inside.

As for whether or not they’re dangerous to humans, you can rest assured that they pose no threat to you or your family. The worst they can do is eat up your stored food or chew holes in your clothing. While potentially very annoying, clothes moths won’t be able to do any real harm to you. 

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