Holes in Sweaters, Rugs and Woolens? You Might Have Clothes Moths

Sweater damage from clothes moths

Natasha was a guest on Mass Appeal to talk about clothes moths, and how an infestation can be financially significant, causing serious damage to a variety of fabrics in homes and businesses.

Unlike other moths that are drawn to light, clothes moths are most commonly found in dark areas like drawers and closets as well as woolen carpets and wall hangings. Their preference is for fabrics made from animal fiber, such as wool or silk, or soiled fabrics.

A female moth lays up to 200 eggs. When they hatch, the larvae (caterpillars) begin to feed and grow immediately, causing damage to nearby fabrics. These pests can live for several years, making clothes moth prevention efforts a necessity and treatment a challenge.