Species of fabric pests

There are many different types of fabric pests that cause trouble for commercial businesses throughout the U.S.

If you suspect you have an issue with any of the fabric pest species below, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online today.

Frequently encountered species include:

Case-making clothes moth

(Tineo pellionella)

Case bearing moth

Appearance

  • Approximately ⅜-½” long
  • Forewings are silvery-buff with 3 dark spots on each wing
Lifecycle and habits of the case-making clothes moth

Lifecycle

  • Lifecycle completion usually takes 1.5-4 months
  • Larva up to ⅜” long when fully grown
  • Larvae are usually protected in cases made of silk and fibers of feeding material

Habits

  • Can do extensive damage to woolens, felts, upholstered furniture, clothes, etc.

Webbing clothes moth

(Tineo bisselliella)

Webbing clothes moth

Appearance

  • Approximately ½” long
  • Golden buff in color with a distinguished tuft of red hair on top of the head
  • Wings are fringed with no markings
Lifecycle and habits of the webbing clothes moth

Lifecycle

  • Typically 50-90 days
  • Larvae are up to ½" long when fully grown — often found in a network of silken tubing.

Habits

  • Can damage various animal products, including wool, fur, skins, clothing, carpets, upholstered furniture, and felt
  • Larvae may be difficult to spot as they hide in a network of silken tubing.

Varied carpet beetle

(Anthrenus verbasci)

Varigated carpet beetle

Appearance

  • Approximately ¹⁄₁₆”-⅛” long
  • Mottled yellow, white and black
Lifecycle and habits of the varied carpet beetle

Lifecycle

  • Complete in 9-12 months
  • Larvae up to ¼” long

Habits

  • Damages carpets, underfelt, woolens, fur, feathers
  • Can attack stored items such as cereals and meat products

Black carpet beetle

(Attagenus unicolor)

Carpet beetle

Appearance

  • Approximately ⅛-¼” long
  • Shiny black to dark brown, with brownish legs
Lifecycle and habits of the black carpet beetle

Lifecycle

  • Complete in 6-12 months
  • Carrot-shaped larvae, up to ¼” long
  • Larvae are reddish-brown covered with stiff bristles and a long tuft of hair at the rear.

Habits

  • Relatively widespread and destructive
  • Often associated with bird and insect nesting in roof cavities
  • Can damage leather, silk, carpet, felt and stored grain

Furniture carpet beetle

(Anthrenus flavipes)

Varied Carpet Beetle

Appearance

  • Approximately ¹⁄₁₆”-⅛” long
  • Mottled yellow, white and black markings
Lifecycle and habits of the furniture carpet beetle

Lifecycle

  • Completes life cycle in 9-12 months
  • Stout, brown larvae, up to ³⁄₁₆” long with numerous hairs

Habits

  • Can damage upholstered furniture, carpets and some stored food products

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