Moth is a common household pest that thrive in cool, dark and damp places such as cupboards and wardrobes.
In Australia, two species of clothes moths exist: the common clothes moth and the case-bearing ones. The physical difference between the two? The larvae of case bearing clothes moths have a protective silk case; they live in the case while feeding. Female adult moths can lay up to 150 eggs on clothing surfaces and the eggs attach to the fabric and hatch after five days. The larvae can moult up to 45 times and it is at this stage when most of the damage to the fabric happen. The larvae move away from the food source and find new spaces to live when they’re just about ready to pupate. Moths on pantries and cupboards are also a huge home problem. These pests are capable of destroying an entire cupboard of dry foods in a matter of weeks. Even when the foods are replaced, a new cycle of infestation can occur from cocoons spun in crevices and peg holes of cupboards and pantries. If you find damaged clothing and foods, attempt to locate the source or breeding area first before applying any treatments.