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Fabric pests will have nowhere to hide

Fabric pests, although not particularly dangerous, can sometimes cause irreparable damage to personal belongings.  Fabric pests are found in almost every home at some time, yet few people recognize why fabric pests infest stored clothing, or how to identify them.  

Fabric pests can be found almost anywhere 

facts, identification, & control

  • Entry:  Many are transported into the home from a store or warehouse. Others originate in the home when susceptible items are stored for long periods of time.
  • Habits:  The larvae of the clothes moth and carpet beetle prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas such as closets, attics, and within boxes where woolens and furs are stored for long periods.
  • Nest Locations: Fabric pests are found more frequently in closets or in rooms with a source of natural fiber, leather, or fur. Location can be deceiving, however. For example, some fabric pests infest carcasses of animals such as mice, rats or birds that may have died somewhere in the structure–not just in the storage area.
  • Control:  Good cleaning practices are the best prevention. Newly hatched larvae are so small that they can crawl into any crack or crevice. Vacuum carpets thoroughly and frequently to remove deep debris. Pay close attention to dark, out-of-the-way places, such as cracks, crevices, and vents; under the edges of rugs; and along the walls, under couches, chairs and other items.
  • Do-it-yourself-ineffectiveness:  Household pesticides that may be used for treating cracks, crevices, and other areas where fabric pests may be hiding, cannot be used to treat clothing or textile items. Always read the directions of any product carefully before purchase and use.
Serious infestations of clothes moths and carpet beetles can develop undetected in a home, causing significant damage to clothing, bedding, floor coverings, and other household items.

types of fabric pests

Want to learn more about the types of pests that are typically found in your region of the country?

Get started with the list below:

  • Brown House Moth
  • Case-Bearing Clothes Moth
  • Common Clothes Moth
  • Webbing Clothes Moth
  • White-Shouldered House Moth
  • Black Carpet Beetle
  • Hide Beetle
  • Larder Beetle
  • Black Larder Beetle
Photo of carpet beetle

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