Clothing Moth Traps
Q1: How do I know if I have Clothing Moths?
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
•White eggs that are just visible to the naked eye
Q2: What kind of moth do I have?
If you have moths in the house it is vital to identify the type to use the correct treatment. The most common destructive pests include pantry and clothes moths. Here are a few quick identifiers to assist you in determining what kind of moth you have.
•A moth found in closets, basements, and other undisturbed dark areas
•Small, maggot-looking larvae in clothes drawers or silken cases or tubes
•Little holes in clothing or natural fibers like linen, wool, silk, or fur
•Fine cobwebs on clothing or fabric
•Moths are often found flying in kitchens and other rooms of the house
•A moth that is reddish-brown, with a distinctive tan spot on their front wings
•Larva, webbing or droppings in grain, dried fruits, nuts, cereals, and processed food
Q3: What is the difference between Tineola Bisselliella and Tinea Pellionella?
Known as the common clothes moth, webbing, web-spinning clothes moth, or simply clothing moth.
Known as the case making or case-bearing clothes moth.
Q4: How to identify the clothing moth species in my home?
There are two main species of clothes moths, webbing also referred to as “web spinning” and casemaking also referred to as “case bearing”. They are similar in size and appearance with a few distinct differences.
Webbing/Web Spinning Moth:
•Goldish-tan in color
•No wing markings
•Caterpillar case will be woven into the fabric the larvae are eating
Casemaking/Case bearing Moth:
•Grey and dull in color
•Dark specks on their wings
•Caterpillar will drag case with them as they move about.
Q5: How to use Dr. Killigan’s Clothing Moth Traps?
Dr. Killigan’s Clothing Moth Traps use pheromones to attract moths to the trap. The pheromone is already mixed into the glue and ready to use.
Just open the package, remove the protective sheet, then fold and insert the flap located on one end of the trap into the slot on the other end to build the trap into the triangular shape.
Clothing moths are not always great at flying and often will do little more than hop along the ground. For maximum efficiency, hang one trap high on a closet pole and place another one down low near the ground.
Q6: Do pheromone moth traps work?
Our moth traps are very effective at attracting the adult male moths to the airborne compound (pheromone) pre-mixed into the glue. The glue in the traps catches male moths which reduces breeding and stops the life cycle.
Q7: What do clothing moths eat?
Adult moths do not possess a mouth. It is the larvae that consume natural fibers such as:
•Materials that contain keratin
Q8: What is keratin?
Keratin is a fibrous protein that provides structure.
Keratin is found in the following:
Q9: What are pheromones? How do they work to catch insects?
Pheromones are communication chemicals (rather than scents) for insects.
An insect releases chemicals compounds into the air and another insects receives the message through sensors on their antennae.
Q10: My traps haven’t caught any clothing moths, what do I do?
Your success is our goal. Here are a few things to consider if you are not catching clothing moths.
•Discard particularly infested items (If you found the infested clothing rid it from closet)
•Thoroughly clean the clothes you do keep (dry cleaning, steaming or hot washing clothes)
•Clean your closet (vacuuming and wiping down with simple solution)
•Strains (Identification of the moth is critical to know if you are using the correct pheromone trap)
•30-day time-frame (It takes time to attract and stop the lifecycle of the moth)
•Multiple traps (hang one trap high on a closet and another one down low near the ground)
•Location does not determine species
•Just because a moth is found in your bedroom does not mean this is a clothing moth. Pantry moths are more common than clothing moths.
If the clothing moth traps are not working for you, there is a high likelihood that you are dealing with a different species of moth than these two clothing moths.
Q11: What’s the difference between a pantry moth and a clothing moth?
People often get the two confused but it is important to identify which moth is invading your home to choose the right pheromone solution to restore peace and be moth free.
•Destroy fabric and other materials.
•Avoid light and likely to be found in dark areas.
•Not frequent fliers. Usually, they crawl or “hop-fly” near the ground.
•They feed on animal fibers, especially wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt, and leather.
•Moths are often found flying in kitchens and other rooms of the house.
•Pantry moths often invade the house from purchased dry groceries that are already infested with adults moths or larvae.
•Larvae feed on grain products, grain, dried fruits, nuts, cereals, processed food, and more.
•Webbing on the food product or packaging or in dark corners of your cupboards is a common indicator of pantry moth problems.