How To Spot A Clothing Moth Problem In Your Maryland Home


If you were to guess, how much do you think you spend annually on clothing? A couple hundred, several thousand? Regardless of where on the spectrum you fall, we are confident of one thing: you don’t want moths chewing on what clothing you do have. The question is: how do you spot them before they can cause too much damage? We have your answer here today.

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What Are Clothing Moths?

Here in Maryland, there are two common types of clothing moths; webbing clothing moths and casemaking clothing moths. Webbing clothing moths are a monochromatic buff-color with a red tuft of hair at the top of their heads. Casemaking clothing moths appear very similar with the exception of dark specs on their wings. To tell their larvae apart, look at their bodies. A casemaking clothing moth carries an open-ended tubular case, while webbing clothing moths look like your typical white caterpillar pest.

When inside homes, clothing moths gravitate towards clothes closets and dressers as this is where they will find the most reliable sources of food. Once an infestation has begun, adult clothing moths will continue to lay eggs where they can until there is no food left to eat. Trust us when we tell you, they will never run out of things to eat in a typical American home.

What Clothing Moths Like Eating

Clothing moths are capable of eating a number of different common household products including cotton, silk, wool, feathers, hair, leather, fur, and even upholstered furniture. Clothing moths can also feed on substances such as lint, dust, and paper-based products.

One thing you should know is that adult clothing moths will not eat any of the above, it is only their larvae that consume these common household items. The only things they will not feed on are synthetic materials such as latex and plastic-based fabrics.

How Difficult Clothing Moths Can Be To Spot

More often than not, homeowners find holes in their clothing and fabrics long before they notice clothing moths. Identification usually comes after a google search about said holes. The main reason clothing moths are so hard to spot is due to their small size. A single clothing moth larva is only a few millimeters long and can easily blend into clothing with their monochromatic color. It is only with a careful eye and with the help of a magnifying glass that you will have the best chance of spotting one of these elusive pests.

Clothing Moth Prevention Tips

If you do not already have a clothing moth infestation, there are a few things you can do to keep these troublesome pests out of your home. Here is what we recommend.

  • Keep clothing storage areas around your home as clean as possible and organized.

  • Consider storing clothing or materials made of wool, feathers, or fur inside sealed plastic bags when not in use.

  • Store dresses, suits, and any other hanging clothing inside sealed garment bags.

  • Move clothing around frequently and keep your closet doors open to allow air to move through.

  • Check used clothing for holes and signs of clothing moth damage before bringing them home with you.

How To Get Clothing Moths Out Of Your Home

If clothing moths have invaded your home and you are looking for a quick and easy solution to get them out, look no further than Capitol Pest. We have the effective and reliable answers your home needs to get pest-free.

Give us a call today if you have questions about our services or if you would like to schedule treatments for your Maryland home.

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