The Clothing Moth (Tineola bisselliella) is a species of moths from the Tineidae moth family. The caterpillar (larva) of this moth is recognized as a serious pest. It can (and will) derive nourishment not only from clothing – in particular wool – and also, like most moth caterpillars, from many other sources.
- The Webbing Clothing Moth (Tineola bisselliella) is said to be the most common variety.
- The Casemaking Clothes Moth (Tinea pellionella) is less common than the Webbing Clothing Moth. Casemaking moths are smaller, at around 1/8 to 1/4 inch. The “casing”, or tube, these moths make is spun from silk and can become their refuge for protection in times of danger. Both species are controlled in the same way.
- The Tapestry or Carpet Moth (Trichophaga tapetiella) will infest all the same areas as webbing cloth and casemaking moths. Tapestry moths complete their cycles within a year and are more like webbing clothes moths in that they spin webbing in areas where they like to reside. As with the other two, their speed of development depends entirely upon local temperature, humidity and food supplies.