Clothes moths

Insecta Leptidoptera

Most Active


Life cycle

  • Egg, larva, pupa, adult.
  • Life-cycle is from two months to longer periods.


Surface spray recommended. Spray all surfaces within wardrobes and cupboards. Do not apply to clothing.

Identification Description Habitat Damage Symptoms Active

Bed Bugs, Insecta, Hemiptera

image ADULTS: 7-10 mm; grey/brown or golden/buff; poor fliers. LARVAE: cream; within a case/network of silk fibres Adults avoid light and frequent dark areas. Case-bearing clothes moth larvae tend to move upwards on walls as they mature Larvae feed on natural-fibre fabric (e.g. carpets, curtains, clothes – particularly stored woollens). Cannot develop on clean fabric Year round, although most damage occurs in summer