The Most Common Household Moths in Australia

If you have ever had a problem with clothes moths in your home, you’ll know that they are an unwelcome visitor. They can wreak havoc on your clothing and other items in your home, including carpets. The two main types of household moths in Australia are the Common Clothes Moth and the Webbing Clothes Moth.

Both species of clothes moths are considered to be household pests in Australia. Their larvae eat natural fibres, such as cotton and wool, and they can cause holes in your clothing. Fortunately, they can be killed. To kill them, you can spray the affected areas with an insecticide or seal the items in the sun.

There are several different varieties of moths in Australia, including the Common Clothes Moth, the Indian Meal Moth and the Webbing Clothes moth. Despite their common presence, these insects are actually fairly difficult to spot. But it’s important to learn to identify them so that you can effectively prevent their emergence.

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You’ll find that the majority of household moths are small, reddish brown or grey-brown in colour. Their wings are scaled and have a coiled proboscis.

In Australia, there are about 22,000 species of moths. However, only about half have been named scientifically. This means that you will need to do some research to learn more about the various species. A good place to start is the Australian Moths Online website. It provides images of a wide range of species and their families. These are arranged in family and subfamily albums. Each album includes a description and genus of the species. As well as this, you can search through the images to get a better idea of the species you’re dealing with.

The Common Clothes Moth is a common moth that is found in warm, humid areas of Australia. Because they feed on wool and other natural fibers, they are commonly seen in homes with a lot of clothing. Many households also have linen closets, which are popular targets for these creatures.

Adults of the Common Clothes Moth are about 2.5 to 5 centimetres in length. They are buff-coloured and fringed on their wings. When they are feeding, they pick up droppings from the fabrics they’re on. Some people may experience allergic reactions to clothes moth particles.

Adults of the Case-Making Clothes Moth are about a quarter of a centimetre long. Their eggs are cream-coloured, oval-shaped and under one millimetre in diameter. Unlike the Common Clothes Moth, the Case-Making is an introduced species.

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Case-Making moths are a bit tricky to remove, and they can wreak havoc on your personal belongings. They live between two and three months.

Luckily, they do not spread diseases or parasites. However, their infestation can cause hygiene issues for your family. Often, the pantry is the first area in your home where these moths come into contact with food.

You’ll want to inspect your wardrobes, carpets, linen closets, kitchen cupboards and other areas where you store your food and other belongings for signs of moth activity. You can also try to use natural remedies to deter them from entering your home.

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