Have you ever delved into your chest of drawers or wardrobe to retrieve an item of clothing only to find it completely dotted with small holes? But what is causing the damage?
Most likely the perpetrators are clothes moths, which eat fabric and leave your garments a little worse for wear.
Cloth moths are small silvery brown insects often seen in fleeting glimpses upon opening the wardrobe door.
Those pesky holes in your sweaters, scarves, and coats are a result of the adult moths laying eggs on your clothes.
It is not the actual moth that causes the damage – it is the larvae that feed on fabric that has bodily fluid on it, like sweat, saliva, oil, and even food. Their favored delicacies include wool and natural fibres such as cashmere, tweed, sheepskin, silk, fur, hair, and feathers.
Females can lay up to 100 pinhead-sized eggs over a three-week period before they die.
Clothes-munching moths more likely in warmer southern England
Flats or apartments are more susceptible to clothes moths as they have shared walls, according to the English Heritage survey.
22 April 2018, UK
Common clothes moths are more predominant in warmer parts of southern England, according to a survey.
Members of the public were asked by English Heritage to monitor moths in their homes to help the charity look after its collection of historic wool carpets, tapestries, and period clothing.
English Heritage launched Operation Clothes Moth a year ago after its experts witnessed the numbers of common or webbing clothes moths double, and observed the appearance of the pale-backed clothes moth.
Thousands of traps were handed out at English Heritage sites for the survey which collected data from 42 counties.
It discovered an “alarmingly high” number of pale-backed clothes moths and also revealed that the reported catch of the common clothes moth was significantly higher in London and the South East, where an average of 23 moths were found per trap – more than anywhere else in England.
Warning that textile moths are on the rise in Irish homes and businesses
By Eimear Dodd │26 February 2019
The company says there has been an increase in callouts
Pest control provider, Rentokil has warned textile moths are on the rise in Irish homes and businesses.
The company says there has been an increase in callouts for moth infestations of 54% since 2015. Meanwhile, callouts to deal with the butterfly-like pests have increased by almost 14% in 2018 when compared with 2017.
Dublin was the county which accounted for the most callouts for moths in 2018, with 53% of all callouts to the capital. Cork (18%), Wicklow (6%) and Kildare (5%) were the next three counties which accounted for the most callouts for moths from Rentokil.
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