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Fabric & Textile Pests

Fabric & Textile Pests are insects that damage fabric and paper products. The three main fabric pests we deal with on a daily basis include silverfish, clothes moths and carpet beetles.

Clothes Moth (Tinea Pellionella)

    Appearance

  • Approx. 7-10 mm long.
  • Forewings are silvery-buff with 3 dark spots.

Lifecycle

  • Lifecycle completion usually takes 3-8 months.
  • Larva up to 10 mm long when full grown.
  • Creamy white with dark head.
  • Usually protected in case made of silk and fibres of feeding material.

Habits

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

Webbing Cloth Moth (Tineola Bisselliella)

    Appearance

  • Approx. 8-10 mm long.
  • Golden buff in colour.
  • Wings are fringed with no markings.
  • Wingspan about 12 mm.

Lifecycle

  • Completes in 3- 8 months.
  • Larva up to 12 mm long when full grown. Often found in a network of silken tubing.

Habits

  • Can damage a variety of 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.

Tapestry Moth (Trichophaga Tapetzella)

    Appearance

  • Forewings dark at base, outer parts creamy white.
  • Wingspan about 19 mm.

Lifecycle

  • Complete in approx. 3-6 months.
  • Larva may grow to about 15 mm long.
  • Prefers coarse materials and constructs silk-lined galleries.

Habits

  • Typically attacks old carpets, feltings and the fur and feathers of stuffed animals.
  • Not very common species.

Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus Verbasci)

    Appearance

  • Approx. 2-3 mm long.
  • Mottled yellow, white and black.
  • Oval shape similar to a ladybird.

Lifecycle

  • Complete in 9-12 months.
  • Larva up to 4-5 mm long when fully fed.

Habits

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

Black Carpet Beetle (Attagenus Unicolor)

    Appearance

  • Approx. 3-5 mm long.
  • Shiny black to dark brown, with brownish legs.

Lifecycle

  • Completes in 6-12 months.
  • Larva up to 7 mm long when fully fed.
  • Reddish brown covered with stiff bristles.

Habits

  • Relatively widespread and destructive.
  • Often associated with bird- nesting in roof cavities.
  • Amongst others, leather, silk, carpet, and felt all at risk of infestation.

Australian Carpet Beetle (Anthrenocerus Australis)

    Appearance

  • Approx. 2-3 mm long.
  • Dark body with lighter markings.
  • Oval shaped.

Lifecycle

  • Lifecycle takes 9-12 months
  • Larva reddish brown, covered with bristles.
  • Elongate oval shaped, with some long hairs trailing from tip of abdomen.

Habits

  • Attacks woollens, carpet, felt and underfelt, as well as stored food [e.g. meat products).