Clothes Moth

  • Scientific Name: Tineola bisselliella

Clothes Moth

Clothes Moth
Scientific Name:

Tineola bisselliella

How to identify a clothes moth

There are actually two main species of clothes moth, the webbing clothes moth and the case-making clothes moth. The adult Webbing moth is light, gold coloured less than 1 cm long.  The adult case-making moth is darker with faint dark spots.  The larvae of both are cream coloured with a dark head.

Where are clothes moths commonly found?

Generally, clothes moths are more common in the coastal areas of Australia, where the humidity helps their development. The case-making clothes moth prefers warmer parts of Australia, whereas the webbing clothes moth can be found all over Australia.

Clothes moths eat a wide range of animal fabrics, but primarily fabrics containing wool. They will also damage fur, silk, feather and leather.

Clothes moths are poor flyers, likely to be hiding in dark areas near to where the larvae are feeding.

Why are clothes moths considered a pest?

Clothes moths are considered a pest due to the damage they cause to fabrics, cloths and curtains, also furniture and edges of carpets.

What is the biology and lifecycle of Silverfish?

The lifecycle lasts for about 65-90 days, with the female adult moths living for about 30 days and potentially laying up to 300 eggs. The larvae that hatch from the eggs do the damage, as the adult moths themselves, known as 'millers', pose no threat to your knitwear or fabrics.

Management Tips for Clothes Moth

Control:

  • Items of clothing or curtains suffering damage (or items close stored close by) should be placed in a sealed black plastic bag in the sun for 1-2 hours. This will kill any larvae / eggs. The items can then be washed. Any delicate items that may be impacted by heat should be inspected individually.
  • Any cupboards which have been sites of cloth moth activity should be treated with an insecticide spray (all shelves and drawers). Items of clothing should be removed before treatment and replaced once the treatment is dry.
  • If you suspect clothes moths presence / damage in carpets, all affected areas should be sprayed with insecticide (either aerosol or ready to use pump spray), paying particular attention to damaged areas and other areas under furniture.

Prevention:

  • Regularly vacuum all carpeted rooms, especially around the perimeter and under heavy furniture.
  • Regularly move cupboards and heavy furniture in carpeted rooms. Inspect the carpet for signs of damage and insect activity.
  • At the end of each season, wash and store clothes in a sealed bag / suitcase.

PRODUCT SOLUTIONS FOR Clothes Moth

Each pest control product is registered for use in specific environments, situations, pest life stages and other key factors. Please always consult the product label for detailed information about how to use each product.

Cislin 25 Professional Insecticide
25g/L Deltamethrin

Cislin 25 Professional Insecticide is a broad spectrum low odour insecticide with excellent residual activity.

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Coopex Residual Insecticide
250g/kg Permethrin

Coopex Residual Insecticide is a wettable powder registered for the residual control of cockroaches, ants, carpet beetles, spiders, clothes moths, bed bugs, silverfish and mosquitoes.

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Perigen Defence 500EC Residual Insecticide
500g/L Permethrin

Perigen Defence 500 Residual Insecticide is registered for the control of cockroaches, spiders, fleas, ants and more in domestic and commercial situations.

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Suspend Flexx Insecticide
25g/L Deltamethrin

Suspend Flexx Insecticide is a synthetic pyrethroid (3A) formulation for the knockdown and residual control of a range of insect pests in various indoor and outdoor situations.

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Fury 120 SC Insecticide 1L
80g/L Bifenthrin, 40g/L Alpha-Cypermethrin

Fury 120 SC Insecticide is specifically formulated to create a superior, longer-lasting strength general insecticide that works in two powerful ways to rid your clients of all general household pests.

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PCO Deltamethrin 10SC
10g/L Deltamethrin

PCO Deltamethrin 10SC is formulated for the control of a range of insect pests, Cockroaches, Web-spinning Spiders, Non web-spinning Spiders, Ant, Fleas, Silverfish, Bed Bugs, Bird Mite, Carpet Beetle, Clothes Moth, Mosquitoes, House Flies, Stored Product Pests in various situations.

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PCO Deltamethrin Tetramethrin 10SC 5L
10g/L Deltamethrin, 10g/L Tetramethrin, 80g/L Piperonyl Butoxide

PCO Deltamethrin Tetramethrin is formulated for the control of a range of insect pests including: Ants, Cockroaches, Fleas, Silverfish, Spiders, Bird Mites, Carpet Beetles, Clothes Moths, Bed Bugs House Flies and Mosquitoes in various situations.

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Battleaxe Pro Aerosol 420g
20g/kg propoxur, 2g/kg tetramethrin, 10g/kg piperonyl butoxide

Battleaxe PRO Professional Crack & Crevice is an aerosol formulation containing both long lasting and vapour-acting knockdown components.

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Delta Pro 25SC Professional Insecticide
25g/L Deltamethrin

For the control of a range of insect pests such as spiders, cockroaches, flies, ants, mosquitoes in various situations.

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Maxum PRO 125 SC Insecticide 500mL
125g/L Beta Cyfluthrin

MaxumPRO is a robust, fast-acting, knock-down, broad spectrum insecticide for general insect control in domestic and commercial situations, as well as for the control of pest insects of turf and ornamental plants.

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Starrdust Pro Duckbill + ‘One-Shot’ 400g
20g/kg Permethrin 40:60, 5g/kg Triflumuron

The StarrdustPRO ‘ONE-SHOT’ is a ready-to-use pod that screws straight onto the StarrdustPRO DUCKBILL Duster head. It is prefilled with 400 grams of premium StarrdustPRO Industrial Strength dusting powder.

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Starrdust PRO Insecticidal Dust 10kg
20g/kg Permethrin 40:60, 5g/kg Triflumuron

Starrdust PRO Insecticidal Dust is a ready-to-use, broad spectrum insecticide with a unique formulation. It controls a wide range of insect pests including cockroaches, silverfish, spiders, ants, fleas, carpet beetles, bed bugs, European wasps, feral honey bees, bird mites, subterranean termites, hide beetles, and 3 new pests not on any dust product in Australia – millipedes, woodlice and clothes moths.

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Chaindrite Extra Strength Crawling Insect Spray
1.4g/kg Imiprothin and 2g/kg Cypermethrin

Chaindrite Crawling Insect Spray is a new low odour oil-based professional aerosol insecticide with a powerful flush and kill effect on cockroaches. Chaindrite is an easy to apply aerosol “without the splutter”.This product is an excellent knockdown and flushing agent and has long term residual activity.

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Delforce Residual Insecticide 10SC
10g/L Deltamethrin

Delforce Residual Insecticide 10SC is a water-based insecticide for the quick knockdown of spiders and general insects at very low doses. Delforce is also formulated for the control cockroaches, fleas, spiders, ants, silverfish and of a range other insects.

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PY Fog Insecticide
4g/L Pyrethrins, 12g/L Piperonyl Butoxide

PY Fog is a ready to use, broad spectrum insecticide for the control of a range of insect pests in various situations using a thermal fogging machine.

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PY Mist Insecticide
4g/L Pyrethrins, 12g/L Piperonyl Butoxide

PY Mist is a ready to use insecticide for the control of a range of insect pests and is applied using a cold fogger / portable fogging machine.

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PY Spray Aerosol Insecticide
10 g/kg pyrethrin and 50 g/kg piperonyl butoxide

PY Spray Aerosol Insecticide is a ready to use professional aerosol for control of a range of insect pests in various situations. Suitable for crack and crevice applications. PY Spray Aerosol Insecticide is an industrial strength spray, suitable for flushing or as a space spray.

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SightTrap Glueboard & PTL Multi Species Lure

A glueboard and PLT Pheromone Bullet Lures designed for use with the SightTrap Insect Monitoring System. The lure attracts most common stored product beetles and moths, with PTL representing the Plodia/Trogoderma/Lasioderma insects.

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