Why Do Moths Eat Clothing?


By now we have all experienced the dreadful feeling of taking our favorite cashmere sweater out of winter storage and discovering it was attacked by moths. We also all know how much time and money this type of insect damage brings people every year. But do you know why moths eat clothing? Hint – IT’S NOT MOTHS!


Larval State

Moths cannot eat your clothes as they only have mouths during their larval stage. This state lasts about two weeks during a moths life cycle. This damage starts is when a female moth finds a suitable garment to lay her eggs on. This is usually clothing made of natural fibers. When the eggs hatch the larva begin searching for food. This is when the moth damage begins.


Leftover food

Larva do not eat your clothing. Rather, they eat the food crumbs left behind on your clothing. This results in them taking bites from the clothing fibers itself. To stop this damage from happening it is important to THOROUGHLY wash your garments before storing them for long periods of time. This is extra important for clothing made of animal fibers such as wool, cashmere, and fur as female moths favor these natural fibers over synthetic ones.   


Once your garments are thoroughly washed, it is crucial to store them in a dry, breathable area to prevent damage from mold or mildew. This is especially crucial for long-term storage! Cache~Cachet’s line of garment bags and covers were designed to allow garments to breathe during storage. All of our bags and covers contain a hidden pocket to hold our herbal moth repelling sachet. Their luxury linen lined in satin is chemical free which creates the perfect environment for long-term, high-end garment storage!

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