Fabric Pests

Fabric Pests

Clothes Moths

Clothes moths are a type of fabric pest which can cause significant damage to ones property. Cloth moths are scavengers and will typically feed on fungi and on woolen fabrics. The three species that attack clothes and woolens are of considerable economic importance. Because these insects often live in cracks and void areas, they can be very difficult to treat without a professional.  Contact Pest-Gone, LLC a NJ pest control company with over two decades of experience with this type of treatment.

Treating these insects should be taking care of promptly as just one moth will lay enough eggs to cause considerable damage in as little as three weeks.  When these hatch, they become the fabric-eating larvae and immediately begin to cause damage to those items that are stained by foods, sweat, urine or other substances.  Pest-Gone, LLC has the knowledge and experience to resolve your issue of any fabric pest.

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Other items that will attract the most attention from cloth moths are wool, feathers, fur, hair, upholstered furniture, leather, fish meal, milk powder, lint, dust, paper, or even synthetic materials which are soiled with oils.Control of fabric pests centers on cleaning and prevention practices. Closets which are cleaned regularly have clothing less likely to be damaged by fabric pests so prevention is key when trying to keep fabric pest out of your home for good.

The full group of moths include Webbing Cloth Moths, Casemaking Cloth Moths, Indian Meal Moth, Mediterrian Flour Moth, and Angoumois Grain Moth.  All of these moths can be an extreme problem to any home or business and the proper pest control treatment and prevention should be put into place immediately.

Some Prevention Tips:


-Clean closets which are cleaned regularly

-Laundering or Dry Cleaning before storing clothing as dry cleaning kill all fabric pests.

-Proper Storage of clothing.

-Cold Storage for furs and other valuable fabrics.


Carpet Beetles

Fabric or textile pest infestations sometimes present the most difficult problems a pest management technician can encounter. Except for fumigation, pesticide use alone is never an effective control for textile pest problems.
Textiles that are infested and consumed by pests are usually wool-based such as woolen clothing, carpets, and tapestries. Two types of insects are responsible for the usual woolen fabric damage but by their nature these pests, carpet beetles and clothes moths, feed on a broader diet than wool alone. Besides textiles made of processed wool, many other substances with high-protein content are eaten by these insects. One particular protein, keratin, is present in wool and other hair or fur. The same material is also found in feathers, skins, horns and hoofs. Other materials that are high in protein are insect bodies, pollen, silk, grains and seeds (particularly the "germ" as in wheat germ or non starchy portions). Insects are the only animals capable of digesting keratin. Only a few microorganisms and fungi in other kingdoms are keratin reducers.

Fabric pests, carpet beetles and clothes moths, developed as scavengers, consuming feathers, fur and hide of dead birds and mammals. Many species feed on dead insects, the molted skins and pupal cases of moths, silkworms, tent caterpillars, mud daubers, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, dead bees and pollen.

Textile pests are generally secretive and develop on food that decomposes slowly. As populations of textile pests increase, individual adults and mature larvae migrate away from the infestation to mate or pupate in protected solitude. This activity often is the only signal that a pest infestation is present. The four groups of carpet beetles and two species of clothes moths can be identified from specimens of either adults or larvae.