Pest Guides

Common Clothes Moth

Tineola bisselliella


Common Clothes Moth  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia
  • Adult — 6 – 8 mm long. Forewings shiny golden–buff with no markings. Trailing edge of the wings is strongly fringed.
  • Larva — up to 10 mm long. Creamy white with a golden brown head. Lives in a silken tube often 10 to 15 times the length of the body.
  • Pupa About 6 mm long.


  • Egg to adult is usually about 6 weeks. May reach 10 to 18 months if the food is poor or temperatures are cold.


  • Adult does not feed. Runs rather than flies, avoids the light.
  • Irregular holes made in fabrics.