Ever open your closet door to find a moth fly out, or even worse, find holes in an article of clothing you’ve had in your closet? If the answer is yes, then you’re most likely a victim of fabric pests.
Fabric pests are among the very few animals that can digest keratin, the primary protein found in animal hair. As a result, these pests consider taxidermic specimens in the museum, antique wool tapestries, or cured hides in the warehouse fair prey. Their meat-eating tendencies have even been put to work by museum curators for removing the flesh from skeletons, a delicate job for which they have no peer!
In an indoor setting, clothes moth larvae are frequently found on woolen clothes and carpets, upholstered furniture, the felts in pianos, wool rags, wool wall hangings, parts of heating units, water pipe and duct insulation and old wool rug remnants. Wool brushes, lint from wool rugs, and pet hairs behind baseboards and in flooring cracks all serve to invite moth infestations. A favorite spot for egg-laying is the carpet under the rear legs of a sofa, an area rarely reached with a vacuum cleaner.
The webbing clothes moth adult has a body covered with shiny golden scales, and the top of the top of the head bears a fluffy pompadour of reddish golden hairs. The wings have an expanse of approximately 1/2″.