The Common Clothes Moth [Tineola bisselliella] and Case Bearing Clothes Moth [Tinea pellionella] are the principal moth species that damage clothes and carpets in the UK.

Other species like the Brown House Moth [Hofmannophila pseudospretella] and White Shouldered House Moth [Endrosis sarcitrella] are commonly found in houses but are more likely to attack food stuffs than fabrics and are generally regarded as scavengers.

Eggs are laid in batches of 50-200 depending on species hatching usually within 4-10 days. The emerging larvae do the damage, biting through fibres of clothing or carpets or burrowing into foodstuffs.

Larvae may travel considerable distances to seek suitable pupation sites. Adults do not feed.

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