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Widespread in temperate climates. Commonly seen in domestic premises, although also a pest of stored food commodities. Domestic premises, ships holds, granaries and warehouses are all viable habitats for this moth.


Complete metamorphosis life cycle is followed. Females are capable of laying over 200 eggs directly in of close by food substrates. Larvae are nocturnal feeders, and pupation occurs in the structure of the habitat. Relative Humidity of 90% is optimum with preferred access to free water.

Pest Status

Although seen often in domestic premises, this species is rarely a cause for concern - fabric and food are not directly attacked. Commercial and large scale food storage and processing are at greater risk from contamination by silk and frass created by the larvae.


Removal of birds nests, and general aggregations of food / organic matter are recommended. Frequent vacuuming of these areas will reduce the breeding potential by physical removal of all stages in the life cycle. Where appropriate, use of a residual insecticide spray will provide control.

Case Bearing Clothes Moth


Common Clothes Moth


Flour Moth


Indian Meal Moth


Warehouse Moth


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