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Aug 20, 2011 11:19 AM

What is this?

Hello.

 

I have a few of these things fluttering around in my flat. They're about 5-6mm long.

I'm not sure how to get rid of them. The fly and wasp insecticide I have doesn't seem to do much.

Can anyone help?

 

Thank you.

 

Agust

 

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    Aug 20, 2011 11:40 AM (in response to agust)
    Re: What is this?

    Could be clothes moths? Check wardrobes for moths on (old?) woolen clothes or perhaps you have some old stuffed animals somewhere in the house?

     

    Paul

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    Aug 22, 2011 10:46 AM (in response to agust)
    Re: What is this?
    This is the Case Bearing Clothes moth, Tinea pellionella. As Paul suggests the larvae of this moth feeds on organic (usually hair/feather) materials in our homes, very often woollen carpets/rugs. The caterpillars make a case to protect and camouflage themselves from the fibres of the material they are feeding on - so they will take on the colour of the carpets/rugs themselves. They usual lurk/feed in those neglected corners or beneath furniture that is not often moved. Prolific vacuuming and perhaps a squirt or two of proprietary insecticide (flea spray) should see them off - and squish/vacuum and adults you see. You can also buy pheromone traps for this species from well stocked hardware stores.
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      Re: What is this?

      Another tip is to seal your woolens/natural fibre clothes (e.g. silks) inside plastic bags and put them in the freezer for a few days as this will kill off any larvae that may be present (much like caterpillars on your veg it is the larvae that do the damage, not the moths). Once you take them out of the freezer, keep the clothes in the bags until you need to wear them. Dry cleaning is the alternative (but far more expensive) route to clearing the larvae from your clothes.

       

      Note, the tell tale sign of a larvae is patches of small holes in your woollens, especially cashmere. On darker clothing you can see silken webbing where the larvae has been (or may still be) near the holes.

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