Save Your Clothes by Preventing Fabric Eating Pests

Despite the common misconceptions, many insects do in fact consume fabrics. Below, we discuss everything you need to know about common fabric pests and what you can do to keep these bugs from damaging your fabrics in the future.

Identify Fabric Pests

The most common types of fabric pests include:

  • Silverfish
  • Crickets
  • Beetles
  • Webbing clothes moth
  • Case-making clothes moth (also known as case-bearing moth)

Silverfish, beetles, and crickets depend on other sources of food for nourishment. They only eat fabric when they can’t find their preferred food sources.

Moth larvae, on the other hand, thrive solely on fabrics, so you’ll want to know how to identify these pests.

Webbing Clothes Moth

Adult moths grow to about 1/2 an inch in length and have golden-red hairs on their heads. They also have golden fringes on their wings. These bugs are also weak flyers, so you’ll typically notice them buzzing around a small area inside your home or building.

Webbing clothes moth larvae closely resemble silkworms or caterpillars. They look either white or whitish green in color with a darker colored head (usually brown).

Case-Bearing Moth

Mature case-bearing moths don a silvery gray or light brown color. Additionally, they have dark gray hairs on top of their heads. The wings usually range between 9 and 16 millimeters and have spots on them—typically one large brown spot surrounded by smaller black ones.

The larvae of this moth also look like caterpillars. In fact, they closely resemble the appearance of webbing clothes moths.

Look for Pests in These Fabrics

Like any other pest, moths have a preferred food source. You’ll likely find these pests in your home, fabric store, or retail shop if you have any of the following fabrics inside:

  • Wool
  • Fur
  • Cotton

Additionally, you can find fabric pests inside wigs or other materials that contain Keratin.

Preserve Your Fabric

If you notice any bugs or insects in your clothing, curtains, rugs, or other fabrics, contact Greenleaf Organic Pest Management immediately. When you request one of our pest control services, you take the first step in preserving your fabrics. Once we clear your home or building of these bugs, take the following steps to prevent a future infestation.

  • Regularly clean inside your home or building.
  • Store unused fabric items in insect-proof bags, such as Space Bags.
  • Place moth packs inside any fabric storage boxes.

To schedule a service in Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding areas, call Greenleaf at 877-52-GREEN.