Physical Characteristics

The webbing clothes moth adult’s wingspan is 1/2 inch, with the length of its body is 1/4 inch (not to be confused with food- and grain-infesting species of moths, whose bodies are 1/2 inch long). Its body and wings are tan in color, with reddish-golden hairs on its head and wings.

Webbing clothes moth

Webbing Clothes Moth


The webbing clothes moth feeds on synthetic and or animal materials containing keratin (e.g., wool), so it’s a fabric pest. Like the similar casemaking clothes moth, you really won’t know these moths – or more accurately, their larvae – have paid you a visit until it’s too late, when the clothes in your closet are full of holes.


First, the webbing clothes moth must be properly identified as the culprit. Next, the home or place of infestation must be inspected thoroughly. Also, areas with conditions conducive to this moth should be cleaned up – hair, fur and objects containing keratin should be removed, clothes should be washed or dry-cleaned, carpets should be shampooed, and fabric-covered furniture should be cleaned. Call your Clark technician to make sure this is the moth that is causing your problem, and will know exactly what measures to take to make your home moth-free.

Latin name: Tineola bisselliella