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Moth Control from Rentokil

Moths damage clothes, furniture and other textiles

As moths are positively charmed by light, they often find themselves inside our homes and can – unfortunately for us – cause damage while in our living areas. They enjoy laying eggs inside dark, undisturbed areas, usually where clothes or textiles are stored. This can include spare rooms and under beds and cupboards that are not often made use of. Moths furthermore cause damage to fabrics, furs, leather and carpets, which can involve financial implications.

While these flying insects do not pose a health risk, the damage they cause may continue for many weeks after moth caterpillars have hatched. Serious harm may have been done before numbers of flying moths are seen, and thus, the prevention of a moth problem is important.

While a minor infestation of moths can be dealt with using DIY insecticides, professional assistance is required to get rid of moths completely.

Signs of a Moth Problem

Often the first sign of a moth problem will be damage to fabrics but there will usually be other indicators:

  • Adult moths (often crawling rather than flying)
  • Maggot-like larvae (moth caterpillars)
  • The silken tubes or cases in which moth larvae live
  • Pupae (silk cocoons) in which larvae turn into moths

Please note, another common cause of damage to carpets or fur may be due to fur beetles or carpet beetles rather than moths. Please refer to our guide to carpet beetles for further information.

Identifying Moths

There are four common species of moth infestation in the home:

Common clothes moth
The Common Clothes Moth
  • Adults are 6-8mm in length with straw-coloured wings and no markings
  • Larvae are creamy white with a brown head and up to 10mm in length
  • The moth larvae make irregular holes in fabrics
Case-bearing clothes moth
Case Bearing Clothes Moth - Click to enlarge
  • The Case-bearing clothes moth is found particularly with imported animal textiles
  • Adults are 6mm in length with a dark-buff colour and three faint spots
  • Creamy-white larvae are up to 10mm in length
  • This type of moth makes more regular holes in fabric than common clothes moth
Brown House Moth
Brown House Moth
  • Adults are 8-14mm in length and brown with three or four darker spots
  • Larvae up to 20mm, off-white with brown head
  • Larvae feed on a wide range of animal textiles including wool, leather and feathers
White-Shouldered House Moth

White Shouldered House Moth

  • Adults 6-10mm in length with a white head and mottled wings
  • Larvae up to 12mm, cream coloured with red-brown head
  • Larvae scavenge on wide range of food. Less damaging to textiles than clothes or brown house moths.

Learn more about the diet and lifestyles of moths.

If you would like further advice on moths or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil pest control specialist to put in place an integrated pest control programme, call us free on +256 414 287 160 / +256 414 694 494 or email us.