What Are the Signs of Moths?

While signs of moths are a natural part of our environment and some species play an important role in the ecosystem, they can cause significant damage to clothes and other fabrics if not managed properly. Moth infestations can also spread from one fabric to another and may become out of control if left unchecked.

The most common signs of moths are tiny holes in clothes (especially wool) that get larger as the larvae eat them, thinning patches of carpets, rugs and curtains that can be seen on closer inspection and the presence of white webbing that moths leave behind on their way to and from their food sources. Moths are attracted to animal fibres, such as wool, silk, fur and leather, which contain a protein called keratin.

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They can enter your home tucked away in bargain jackets and jumpers from car boot sales, second-hand soft furnishings or those ‘just-right’ pieces you buy to add to your wardrobe. They can also enter via open windows and ventilation ducts where they find the conditions ideal for laying their 40-50 white eggs.

The most serious threat from moths are caused by the clothes moth, a species that feeds on natural and synthetic materials but is particularly keen on wool. The most noticeable sign of this type of moth infestation is a sudden worsening in the condition of your clothes, accompanied by a strong odor. Other telltale signs of a moth problem include the discovery of crusty sediment on your carpets and other fabric-covered furniture or a similar dusty appearance around wooden furniture.