Clothes & Carpet Moths

Please note that clothes moths and case-bearing carpet moths are very similar. This article refers to clothes moths; however all of the information provided also applies to carpet moths.

Clothes moths are approximately 6-8mm in length, and are a shiny buff colour with no markings. Case-bearing clothes moths are smaller, around 5-6mm in length and are a darker brown, with three faint spots on their wings. The larvae of the case bearing clothes moth are around 5-7mm long. They create a case around them out of fibres and its own silk. As these moths can digest keratin (the main constituent of natural materials such as fur, feathers and wool) the first sign of their presence may be damage to clothes or bald patches in carpet. These patches are more likely to appear around the edges of the room, or around rarely moved furniture. You will see the adult moths around the whole property, and you may also see the larvae crawling on the floor. Moths pose no risk to health, although they can cause a lot of damage to clothes and furnishings if not controlled.


About the appointment

Prior to our visit, we ask that you do a few things to ensure that the treatment is as effective as possible. We recommend that you vacuum the property thoroughly and dispose of the contents of the vacuum. All surfaces and floors (including under beds), should be cleared of paperwork, toys, clothing etc. All animal bedding should be washed and any fish tanks, hamster cages etc. should be covered over.

Our Pest Control Officer will survey and spray water based residual insecticide throughout the property. After the treatment has been undertaken you will need to leave the premises for 3 hours to allow the spray to dry. You should not vacuum for 21 days after the treatment. Should activity remain after 21 days, please contact us for advice before vacuum cleaning. To find out more about your visit, please see our about the service page.


Booking your appointment

Please call 01903 737755 to arrange a pest control appointment. This service is chargeable, please see our pest control fees page for more information. The fee will be payable at the time of booking, so please have your card details ready. We will not usually be able to refund the payment once treatment is underway. If the moths are still present after 21 days, please contact us. We will return to treat again, but please note an additional fee of £15 will be payable.