A moth is an insect closely related to the butterfly, both being of the Lepidoptera. Moth larvae, or caterpillars, make cocoons. When it comes out of the cocoon, it is a fully grown moth with wings.
Clothes Moths (Tineola bisselliella) are well-known as pests of stored woollens, but they will eat a wide range of other fibres including hair, fur, silk, felt and feathers. Serious infestations of clothes moths can develop undetected in a home, causing significant damage to clothing, bedding, floor coverings and other articles.
Clothes mothsare not attracted to lights and tend to remain hidden in the folds of materials that they are feeding on. A favourite hiding spot is under heavy furniture that is sitting on carpeting and is generally never moved. The moths will consume the carpet and carpet padding (if it is a natural fibre such as wool) and just leave the outline or “foot print” of the furniture in the remains of the carpet.
The Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) is considered the most troublesome and most common of the grain-infesting moths. Adult Indian meal moths do not cause damage other than the contamination of food products.
Besides infesting all cereal food products and whole grains, larvae also feed on a wide variety of foods and feeds such as dried fruits, powdered milk, cornmeal, flour, raisins, prunes, nuts, chocolate, candies, health food and seeds, bird seed, dog and cat food, fish food, graham crackers, dried red peppers, pastas, etc. Not only homes, but restaurants, grocery stores, warehouses, pet stores, seed companies, mills etc., become infested.