Clothing moths are seldom seen because they avoid light. They prefer dark, undisturbed areas such as closets, basements, and attics. The common identifiers for clothing moths in your home include irregular holes in natural fiber clothing, silken larvae tubes or patches of webbing on clothing, or white eggs that are just visible to the naked eye.
How do I know if I have clothing moths?
How do I identify the type of clothing moth species I have in my home?
The two most prolific clothing moth species are Tineola Bisselliella, or the web spinning clothing moth, and Tinea Pellionella, or the casemaking clothing moth. Web spinning moths are a goldish tan in color, have no wing markings, and their caterpillar case will be woven into the fabric that larvae feed on. Casemaking moths are a dull grey in color, have dark speck on their wings, and the caterpillar will drag its case with them as they move about.
What’s the difference between a clothing moth and a pantry moth?
It’s critical to identify the type of moth that has invaded your home so you can choose the right pheromone solution to restore peace and be moth free. Clothing moths destroy fabric and other materials and feed on animal fibers found in wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt, and leather. They avoid light and are likely to be found in dark areas. They’re not frequent fliers and usually crawl or “hop-fly” near the ground. Pantry moths are usually found flying in kitchens or other rooms of the home and invade your space by hitchhiking in already infested dry goods purchased from the grocery store. The larvae feed on grain, dried fruits, nuts, cereals, processed foods, and more. The webbing on food or packaging in dark corners of your cupboards is a common indicator of a pantry moth problem.
My traps haven’t caught any clothing moths. What do I do?
First, make sure you have removed the protective sheet from the glue. Next, be sure to discard particularly infested items and remove them from the closet. Thoroughly clean the clothes you do keep, and clean your closet by vacuuming and wiping down with a simple cleaning solution. Finally, make sure you hang one trap high on a closet pole and another one down low on the ground for maximum efficiency. If the traps are still not working for you after that, there is a high likelihood that you are dealing with a different species of moth than the two most common clothing moths.
I touched the glue on the trap. How do I get it off my skin?
The glue is non-toxic and not harmful, but you do want to avoid contact with it because it is very sticky. If it gets on your skin, gently rub it with vegetable oil, and then wash with soap and water. Repeat if necessary.
How long do these traps last? When should I replace them?
The pheromone attractant is effective for three months once they have been removed from the foil wrapper. After that, they start to lose potency. Dispose of them sooner if they are full of moths. Unopened, these traps will keep their potency for three years after the manufacturer date.
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