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From the 150,000 different moth species living around the world, between 20,000 and 30,000 of them are native to Australia and whilst they’re not all considered ‘pests’, there are several that cause significant damage to fabrics and plants in and around your home. Mostly nocturnal, there are two distinct types of moth commonly found in Australian households. The webbing cloth moth is approximately 8-10mm long, has a wingspan of about 12mm and is golden brown in colour. It likes to feed on a variety of animal products including wool and fur, as well as clothing, carpets and upholstered furniture.

The case-bearing cloth moth is approximately 7-10mm long, has silvery-brown wings with faint spots and is particularly damaging to clothes and upholstered furnishings. A female species will lay between 40-100 eggs in her lifetime and after five days, the eggs hatch and the larvae emerge – this stage is when these pests cause the most damage. Close relatives of the butterfly but with key differences, cloth moths prefer darkness, dirty fabrics and are a problematic pest if found to be living, feeding and breeding in your home.

Once the source of the infestation has been determined, the appropriate action can be taken. As with all household pests, good cleaning practices in your home will go a long way in keeping these unwanted house guests out. However, as is often the case, the problem will need expert treatment and advice and this is where Safe Pest Control can help.


“The last thing you want is to have to replace damaged clothes, carpets and fabrics,” said the company’s Director Milad Bahrami. “This can prove fairly costly, so taking action as soon as you see evidence of a moth problem is the smart move. “Our experienced team will carry out a detailed inspection and through a number of methods, will safely treat the infested areas with the focus being on where the moths are living, breeding and feeding in your home.”

If your clothes and other fabrics have fallen victim to cloth moths, everything from your drawers and wardrobes needs to be removed and washed thoroughly. Drying in the sun will help kill any larvae or eggs left behind and items should only be returned inside once they are completely dry.

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By employing a combination of effective day-to-day cleaning practices in your home and the following preventative measures, you will make it a great deal harder for the cloth moth to set up home under your roof. While the age-old tradition of moth balls/repellents can help in the prevention of this household pest, they can be harmful if they’re in the wrong hands – i.e. children. The methods and advice that are key to Safe Pest Control’s reputation have your home and your family’s health and safety as the number one priority.

Here are some of our ‘top tips’ for the prevention of cloth moths in your home, which you can easily carry out to help keep your family and your possessions safe.

Good housekeeping is essential in preventing a moth infestation. Don’t allow clothes and other fabrics to lie in a neglected pile.

Vacuuming regularly to remove lint, hair and dust is a smart preventative measure, as is cleaning rugs – especially where they fit close to skirting boards and under furniture.

Keep your house dry and well-ventilated, as moths don’t do very well in these conditions.

Before storing clothes, soft furnishings and other fabrics, clean and dry them thoroughly before storing them in sealed containers.

Contact a professional pest control provider immediately. Not only will they work with you to eliminate the infestation, but reputable companies such as Safe Pest Control will teach you how to prevent it from re-occurring and will provide advice for regular inspections.


There are certain signs that you can look for inside your home that will indicate a moth problem.

Damage – finding holes in your clothes and other fabrics (often rendering them all unusable) is a sure fire sign of a cloth moth infestation. Monitoring your clothes and other fabrics regularly for holes and damage means you may be able to stop a full-blown infestation from occurring. Moths are also known to infest kitchen cupboards and pantries as well, so include these areas as part of your regular inspections.

Droppings and shed skin – larvae cases are commonly found in those dark hiding spots. Cloth moth droppings, which are sometimes mistaken for eggs, are also a visible sign and similarly to the carpet beetle species, resemble coarse sand.

Sightings – if you can see moths fluttering around your light sources at night will generally mean they’ve taken a liking to your home. This is a good time to inspect other areas in your home where they like to hide.

While it’s beneficial to carry out your own inspection in your home and to recognise the signs, the most effective course of action is to appoint a pest control professional who will know precisely where to look and what to look for.


What do cloth moths look like?

While they look very similar to butterflies, the cloth moth is a totally different species and there are two distinct types commonly found in Australian households. First is the webbing cloth moth is approximately 8-10mm long, has a wingspan of about 12mm and is golden brown in colour. Second is the case-bearing cloth moth which is approximately 7-10mm long, has silvery-brown wings with faint spots and is particularly damaging to clothes and upholstered furnishings.

What are the signs of a cloth moth infestation?

 Finding holes in your clothes and other fabrics (often rendering them all unusable) is the most visible sign and when inspecting your home for damage, include your kitchen cupboards and pantry for damaged food packaging. Larvae cases and droppings can also be found in the cloth moth’s dark hiding spots – i.e. drawers and wardrobes. Finally, if you notice and increase of moths fluttering around your light sources at night, they have obviously taken a liking to your home.

What can I do to prevent the problem from getting worse?

As with all pest control practices, you must maintain good housekeeping both indoors and out. Vacuum all floors and upholstered furnishings regularly and ensure there is good ventilation in your closets and your home – this is what moths like the least! Even if you think you have the problem under control, consult your pest control provider as they will be able to tell you if you’re at risk of an infestation re-occurring.

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