4954 N. Shamrock Place, Tucson, AZ 85705

Webbing Clothes Moth

Tineola bisselliella

Webbing Clothes Moth

Physical Features

Adults are golden colored with reddish hairs on the head. They have slightly pointed wings with a span of 3/4 inch, and a body 1/4 inch long. Larvae are white with a dark head.

Life Cycle

Complete metamorphosis
40-50 ivory eggs are laid on fabrics over a two-week period. The female dies after egg depositing is complete, but males continue to live. The eggs hatch in 4-21 days. Larvae molt 5 to 45 times depending on food resources available. They spin silk tunnels. They will pupate in crevices. The life cycle is complete in 65 to 90 days.


  • Diet: Feed on soiled materials.
  • Activity: In dark areas.
  • Preferred Climate: Warmer climates
  • Defense: Small size makes it easy to evade harm.
  • Cautions: Destroy fabrics
  • Home Invasion: Usually found close to infested areas like closets. Do not like lights and will hide when disturbed.

Helpful Hints

  • Clean under furniture, baseboards, cabinets, and closets.
  • Store fabrics that have been cleaned and are in a sealed container.
  • Thoroughly vacuum and wash areas.
  • Thoroughly launder items for 20/30 minutes if an infestation is present at 120 degrees.
  • Recommend regular pest control service plan.

Interesting Facts

The excrement of clothes moth will be the color of the fabric they are eating.


The only thing that clothes moth will do is damage improperly stored items. There is no health threat or risk associated with this pest.

Nesting Sites

Nest in consistently moist areas.