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Moths may look small and harmless but they can cause surprising amounts of damage to your clothing and textiles and stored products in general.
In the U.S. there are a few species of moth in particular, which can cause problems in your home or business.
Moths are in the same order as butterflies. They have big wings with scales on them. They go through four stages of life. Moth larvae are known as caterpillars. Learn about types of moths below.
It is very common to see Brown House moths in your home.
The Common Clothes Moth larvae are responsible for making irregular holes in fabrics.
Yet another one of the types of moths, the Case-Bearing Clothes moth makes more regular holes in fabrics.
White-Shouldered House moths are generally less damaging to textiles.
It can be difficult to distinguish a moth from a butterfly, but observing the antennae can help. The antennae of a butterfly are shaped like clubs. Butterflies are also usually bigger than moths with wings that have more color (although moths can still be colorful). In addition, moths commonly fly at night but butterflies commonly fly during the day.