Tineola bisselliella, known as the common clothes moth, webbing clothes moth, or simply clothing moth, is a species of fungus moth(family Tineidae, subfamily Tineinae). It is the type species of its genus Tineola. The specific name is commonly misspelled biselliella – for example by G. A. W. Herrich-Schäffer, when he established Tineola in 1853.
The larvae (caterpillars) of this moth are considered a serious pest, as they can derive nourishment from clothing – in particular wool, but many other natural fibers – and also, like most related species, from stored foods, such as grains.
- A female common clothes moth can lay up to 400 eggs over a three week period.
- Common clothes moth larvae is the most destructive stage of a clothes moth’s lifecycle and can last up to two years!
- Common clothes moths have good taste. They will go for your most expensive clothes as well as attack valuable items in your home, such as sofas and carpets.
- The adults are yellowish or buff moths, often called millers, with a wingspread of about 1/2 in. (1.2 cm).
- The larva of the case-bearing clothes moth makes an open-ended case out of food fibres and its own silk.
- The life cycle is completed most rapidly at average room temperature and about 75% humidity.
- The tapestry, or carpet, moth, Trichophaga tapetzella, attacks upholstery.
- Fumigation, sunning, cleaning, brushing, and cold storage help to prevent damage.
At ACP we apply a wide range of methods to rid you of these pests. OPC will conduct thorough site survey, this will establish the extent and the exact location of the problem. Our fully qualified technicians will determine the best method in dealing with the infestation and our work is fully guaranteed.
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