Document Type

Clothing Care

Publication Date



Clothes moth larvae feed on wool, feathers, fur, hair, leather, lint, dust and paper and occasionally cotton, linen, silk and synthetic fibers. They are especially damaging to fabric stained with beverages, urine, and oil from hair and sweat. Most damage is done to articles left undisturbed for a long time such as carpets under heavy furniture and clothing in storage. Three clothes moths are encountered in Tennessee: webbing clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella (Hummel), casemaking clothes moth, Tinea pellionella L., and carpet or tapestry moth, Trichophagatapetzella (L.).

Publication Number

SP341-J 10/06(Rep) 07-0066

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