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Clothes Moth

Actual Size: ½”

Characteristics: Silvery-gold color with light-colored hair on the top of the head and tips of the wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Primarily found in dark and low-traffic areas near plenty of paper or textile products, such as basements or closet spaces.

Habits:

  • Larvae mainly feed on fabric, leather, and other items containing keratin. 
  • Adult clothes moths do not eat, so the larvae cause most of the damage. 
  • Often lays eggs in carpet near the rear legs of an upholstered chair or sofa.
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Clothes Moths in Kailua Kona

Clothes moths are small, inconspicuous insects with a wingspan of about half an inch. They are often golden in color and their larvae are creamy-white caterpillars. Despite their unassuming appearance, these moths are notorious for the damage they can cause to fabrics, particularly wool, silk, and other natural fibers. The adult moths themselves do not feed on fabrics; it’s their voracious larvae that consume textiles, leaving behind telltale holes in clothing.

Clothes Moth Habitat

Clothes moths prefer dark, undisturbed areas where they can lay their eggs on natural fibers. Common hiding spots include closets, drawers, and storage areas for clothing and textiles. The larvae thrive on a diet of keratin, a protein found in animal fibers like wool and silk. While clothes moths are more prevalent in homes with high humidity, they can adapt to various conditions. Regular cleaning, proper storage, and maintenance of clothing are crucial steps in preventing moth infestations.

Clothes Moth Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

These pests are not considered dangerous to humans or pets; rather, the primary threat posed by clothes moths is the damage they inflict on clothing and textiles. The larvae of clothes moths feed on fabrics, causing irreparable harm and requiring the disposal of affected items. These pests are particularly problematic in homes with valuable wool rugs, silk garments, or antique textiles. If you suspect a clothes moth infestation, it is recommended to contact a pest control professional.