The larva of the Clothes Moth feed on the natural fibers found in wool, cotton, and fur. As their name indicates, they base most of their diet on clothing. The dirtier the better, apparently, as clothing with food, urine, or perspiration stains are especially attractive. Synthetics are even on the menu if they are blended with wool. But, they also find food in unexpected places like wool in carpets and upholstery, animal bristles in brushes, and wool felts in pianos. They have even been known to feed on fish meal in fish food. Once they are done feeding, they may use some of these fibers to create their pupal cases.
Damage from clothing moths may not be readily visible. Look for signs in locations that are out of sight, such as under collars and cuffs, in furniture crevices, under furniture cushions, and in carpeted areas covered by furniture. You may not even see the adults eight away. They are not great fliers, so they won't go far from infested areas and they are not attracted to light, so they won't be eager to leave a dark hiding spot.
Once you become aware that you have an infestation it may very well be too late to say your fabric. The best course of action to protect your belongings is to put one of these pesticide-free, non-toxic traps up the very first time you spot an adult. The pheromone lure in this trap/lure combo will attract the male moths as they search for a mate. When they are drawn in by this species-specific irresistible scent, they will be hopelessly stuck to the strong adhesive on the trap and their reproducing days will be over.
This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases:
Use as a pheromone lure to attract and kill male Tineoala bisselliella moths to disrupt their reproduction cycle.
The pheromone is incorporated in the adhesive of this trap.
- Open the pouch at the narrow side and take out the trap.
- Fold the trap at the indentation toward the protective paper side and set up.
- Remove protecting paper.
- Form a small tent with the tape and stick together.
- Place the trap near the problem area (generally where fabrics are stored in places like closets, basements, laundry rooms, cabinets, etc.).
- Choose a location where the trap will get the most air circulation, but where it will not be damaged by swinging doors.
- Do not put more than 1 trap per room.
Removal & Disposal:
- The lure should last at least 8-10 weeks.
- Check trap often to determine if it is full or dirty.
- Discard when full. To discard, wrap in newspaper and dispose in household garbage.
Store remaining, unused traps in the pouch. Close it by folding in the open side and put the pouch back into the folding box.
After removal of the protective paper the traps remain effective for at least 3 months. After this time the attractant (pheromone) slowly loses its efficacy and the trap should be exchanged.
Warning & Toxicities: Keep out of reach of children