Case-Making Clothes Moth

Print page

Scientific name: Tineola bisselliella
Family: Oecophoridae

They are typically 7–8 mm in length when the wings are folded and have a 10-15mm wingspan.

Each female lays up to 160 eggs during a period of 2-3 weeks. During the summer these hatch in 4-10 days to give an active, white translucent larva. This grows up to 10mm in length and the head becomes darker in colour.

They are natives of Europe and Asia but are now widespread across Australia.

Common on animal products, they enjoy dark environments and domestically they are typically found in wardrobes, clothes chests, linen baskets and under beds.

Moths lay eggs on a food source which the larvae can eat. Clothes Moths select any type of natural fibre such as wool, silk or even cotton. The larvae feed themselves until pupal stage, destroying fabrics.

These insects hide in darkness and create tiny eggs, making it difficult to spot an infestation, allowing plenty of opportunity to multiply unnoticed.

They crave moisture, enjoying fibres with sweat, food or drink stains, even on clothes that have just been worn once.

Clothes moths attack animal products, for e.g. wool, fur, skins and leather. Fibres are bitten off and the loose ends discarded, destroying a much greater amount of the product than what is consumed.

All types of soft furnishings, carpets and clothing are vulnerable but more expensive fabrics tend to have holes first. Moths do not eat artificial fibres.

Recommended products

Coopex Logo Envu Insecticide

Coopex Residual Insecticide AU

Wettable Powder

A water dispersible powder that creates a residual surface...

See product
Cislin 25 Logo Envu Insecticide

Cislin 25 AU & NZ

Suspension Concentrate

Cislin 25 Professional Insecticide is a premium quality...

See product
Temprid 75 Logo Envu Insecticide

Temprid 75 AU & NZ

Suspension Concentrate

Temprid75 is a general insecticide that will control most...

See product
Tempo Logo Envu Insecticide

Tempo AU & NZ

Suspension Concentrate

Tempo is a fast-acting, knock-down, broad-spectrum...

See product
Perigen Defence Logo Envu Insecticide

Perigen Defence AU & NZ

Emulsifiable Concentrate

Perigen Defence is a residual insecticide suitable for use...

See product

Other Problems

Portuguese Black Millipede - Bayer - Pest Management


The Black Portuguese Millipede is an invasive pest species...

Read more
Hide and Larder Beetle - Bayer

Hide and Larder Beetle

Typically associated with materials with high protein...

Read more
book lice can damage food sources


Detailed information on the pest including classification,...

Read more
Flea - Bayer Pest Control


Adult fleas live exclusively as parasites of warm blooded...

Read more
Carpet Beetle - Bayer Pest Control

Carpet Beetle

Including varied Carpet beetle, Furniture Carpet beetle,...

Read more
Grain Weevil - Stored Product Pest - Bayer

Grain Weevil

Grain weevils do not fly but instead, infestations often...

Read more
midge - biting flies

Midge - Biting flies

Midges (or "biting flies") are a group of insects that...

Read more
Tropical Warehouse Moth - Bayer

Tropical Warehouse Moth

Commonly also referred to as the Almond moth or Dried...

Read more


Silverfish are nocturnal and secretive insects that are...

Read more
Spider - Bayer - Pest Control


Most spiders are harmless and play an important role in...

Read more


There are over 850 species of tick. They are all...

Read more

Other Insects

Siverfish, Black Portuguese millipede, Banana Flower...

Read more