WHY DO MOTHS EAT CLOTHES?
For your convenience, book your curtains and rugs collected and returned with our complimentary door-to-door delivery. It takes time and effort to look after our clothes with washing, dry cleaning, alterations and repairs. So, when you come across moth damage, it can be disheartening. We asked an expert to offer some insight into the behaviour of clothes moths. Particularly, exactly how they cause damage and what it is that attracts them to your favourite garments. A common misconception is that moths themselves damage your clothes.This isn’t strictly true,Rather, it’s their larvae, or caterpillars. Female moths lay eggs on your clothes, then larvae emerge and feed on the fibres. These caterpillars turn into a pupa, or chrysalis, then transform into the moths we’re familiar with. the larvae feeding on the fibres in their clothes. The insect with expensive taste As a result of this attraction, moths only lay eggs in garments made of natural materials.
Moth larvae love fine fibres that are easy to chew and digest. Unfortunately, these tend to be expensive natural fabrics, such as cashmere. You won’t find them eating polyester or other synthetic fabrics at all. Larvae can be transported on clothes and clothes moths don’t fly very far. They’re generally found in well-populated areas where there are lots of people around. They also eat home textiles, such as carpets and curtains. If you have a beautiful wool carpet, for example, clothes moths would find that attractive.”