Most people know how moths can damage the wool fabric. But there are other bugs capable of damaging rayon, cotton, linen, and synthetics. To learn how to control these infestations, it’s essential to identify and learn about different bugs:

Clothing Moths

There are more than a hundred thousand species of moths in the world, some of which are beautiful except for the two types of moths which you commonly find eating away your favorite wool suits. The webbing clothes moth is small in size with a wingspan of around half an inch. They don’t have any markings on them, and they have a pale gold color. 

However, if you ever notice a worm-looking insect with a hard shell on your clothes, it’s the larva of the clothes moth; it’s the insect that makes holes in your clothing. Adult moths are rarely spotted since they’re small. 

Control Method

Mothballs are the best method to prevent these bugs, they contain naphthalene, a common ingredient in moth crystals, and it’s not too toxic to humans. However, be mindful while scattering the balls because when they get moist, they can stain fabrics. So it’s best to wrap them up under paper. 

Carpet Beetles

There are three species of carpet beetles that have similarities; they only differ in their color patterns. 

Carpet beetles multiple very quickly; they can produce around four generations within twelve months. Female carpet beetles can lay down 100 white eggs in concealed places, and the eggs can hatch in less than two weeks depends on the weather. They hatch quicker in the summer season compared to winters. Fully grown carpet beetles don’t feed on fabric. It’s the larva that starts feeding as soon as it hatches out of its egg—munching on fur, mohair, feathers, and wool. They’re often seen on fabric and crawl from one place to another to hide inside dark and obscured areas like closets and air ducts when they’re not hungry. 

Control Method

An insecticide is the best preventive measure to control carpet beetles. However, before applying, you should make sure that you thoroughly clean the infested places with a vacuum cleaner, making sure the carpets get vacuumed from every direction. 


It is a crawling insect about a quarter or half an inch long with five legs. It has an easily distinguishable silver body and is usually found in dark areas with temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They come out at night and stay near food sources. They like eating natural fibers like cotton, silk, rayon, or anything starched.

Control Method

Silverfish requires preventive methods similar to carpet beetles but before you exterminate the insects, make sure the infested area is thoroughly clean and free from moisture and food. For the insecticide, select a spray containing pyrethroids and pyrethrin. However, organic control is possible by using silica gel after cleaning.

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