Clothes Moth

Pest Control Manchester & Cheshire

Clothes Moth Pest Control Manchester & Cheshire

Over recent years we have seen an increase in the number of moth infestations affecting not only commercial textile properties, but also domestic properties – particularly those with a lot of older textiles and furnishings. Left unchecked, clothes moths can reduce clothing and upholstery to tatters and unfortunately an infestation is often noticed too late to prevent damage. Here at Manchester Pet Services we have the tools and knowledge to deal with any infestation quickly and efficiently throughout Manchester and Cheshire.

So what are the signs of a clothes moth problem?

Similar to other types of moth, clothes moths are nocturnal but are not attracted to light. In fact, they prefer the darkness of your wardrobes, dressers or cabinets, which makes spotting them difficult. It’s important to note that it is actually the moth larvae that feed on your textile materials, not the adult moths themselves. However, the presence of adult moths will indicate that larvae are also present in your premises. The larvae are small, maggot-like and can be easily distinguished by the silk-like web cases they live in.

While they can seem harmless, clothes moths can easily ruin clothes and other textile possessions, and it is hard to spot them until you find damage on your textile and fur items, by which point it can be far too late.

Different types of moths leave different signs of infestation, so it is important to note the difference:


  • The Brown House Moth can reach lengths of 8 – 14mm. Its larvae prefer animal textiles such as feather, fur and leather, and in comparison to other types of moth larva, they can travel considerable distances.

  • The Common Clothes Moth is straw-coloured and is round 6 – 8mm. It rarely flies and usually runs, and can easily be mistaken for a small cockroach at a first glance. Its larva is creamy-coloured with a dark head and are comparatively large at around 10mm. Moths of this species will leave easily recognisable large holes in your fabric items.

  • The Case-bearing Clothes Moth reaches 6 – 8mm. It’s coloured in dark earthy tones and has three faint spots on its forewings. It is rather rare to spot one in the UK, but not unusual, especially if you’ve received imported goods such as skin hide or leather. Case-bearing clothes moth larvae create more regularly shaped holes in your textiles.

  • The White-shouldered House Moth has a white head with mottled wings and can reach 6 – 10mm. Its larva is creamy-coloured with a red forehead and can reach 12mm. Compared to other types of moths, this species does less damage to textiles.

Of course, your next question is going to be “What do I do about a moth problem?”

The first step is simple – contact Manchester Pest Services as soon as possible to arrange a fumigation treatment. The earlier this problem is dealt with, the lesser the damage that can be caused by the moths. In addition, there are some simple steps that you can take to minimise the damage to your textile items and prevent the spread of any possible infestation.


  • Find the infested area. It can be any place where you store textile and leather – your wardrobe, chests, drawers and cupboards are good places to check first. It should be fairly easy to find, as the items in the area will be damaged to a greater extent.

  • Thoroughly launder all of your textile items, including the damaged ones. This includes curtains, rugs, carpets, soft furnishing, pillows and anything comprised of similar materials. It is a good idea to put your clothes in plastic bags before moving them outside the room, to prevent the spread of the moths to other parts of your property. Also, keep the damaged items away from your unaffected clothes.

  • Vacuum the affected areas and throw out the vacuum bag immediately afterward, as both larvae and adult moths can easily find (and, in case you are using textile bags – eat) their way out.

So if you experience a clothes moth problem anywhere in Manchester or Cheshire, contact Manchester Pest Services as soon as possible to arrange an efficient and cost-effective treatment as well as to receive advice on how to prevent further outbreaks.

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