Clothes Moths

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The adults actually do no damage when feeding. It is the larvae, which hatch from the sticky eggs,  that eat wool, hair, fur or feathers. However, they prefer blankets, wool carpets, wool garments or upholstery that has been soiled with perspiration. The grubs are white caterpillars with golden brown heads, which spin a hiding place of characteristic loose silk webbing, beneath which they feed. They make irregular holes in textile fabrics and pupate as silken cocoons.


In the UK, there are four main species of Clothes Moths that can be found in homes, all of them characterised by folding their wings tent-wise along their backs:

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