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Do Moths Eat Clothes Or Other Things Too?

Do moths eat clothes? Unfortunately yes, some of them do. The clothes moth‘s main food source are the natural materials from which our clothes are made. In addition to clothes, they eat anything else made from these materials. This can also include things like upholstery, blankets, curtains, and can be the cause cf carpet damages.

Do moths eat clothes in their adult form?

Moths mostly subsist on natural fibre’s. These include things like wool, silk, cotton, and even fur. Anything that is made from these materials can end up being be eaten by moths. That being said, what you have to understand is that it’s not the moths that do the eating. Instead, it is actually their larvae who chew holes in these materials.

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Do moths eat clothes then? Technically speaking, not really. You don‘t have to be concerned about the adult moths chomping on your belongings. However, they will cause problems down the road. What you need to understand is that adult moths lay a lot of eggs, which eventually hatch into the larvae that destroy your clothing. Female moths can lay 30-60 eggs in only a few weeks. This can become a serious problem requiring professional moth control intervention very quickly.

Not all moths considered pests eat clothes

Homes are often invaded by what are known as pantry moths. Unlike the more common clothes moths, these pests eat a wide variety of foods. For example, they feed on grains, rice, flour, cereals, oatmeal, pasts, and nuts. These pests may also eat pet food, dried fruits, and even bird seed. Other than this, there are thousands of other species of moths, many of which can cause damage to your home. So in answer to the question do moths eat clothes, the answer is sometimes no.

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Both clothing moths infestations and pantry moths are attracted to our homes because they provide a source of food and shelter. Once they are in, they begin to breed. And because most houses are warm, these eggs can hatch faster – usually between 5-10 days. The resulting larvae feed for about a month, and this period is when moths are at their most destructive.

Once the larvae have eaten through your clothing or contaminated your flour and cereal, they begin to spin a cocoon around themselves. In about 10 days the larvae have transformed inside this cocoon and emerge as moths. At this point, the adult moths find a mate and the cycle begins again, with further destruction being caused. Ultimately, the answer to the question, “do moths eat clothes” is that it depends what stage of life they are at, and which species is in your home.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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