Common clothes moths can cause extensive damage to clothing and carpeted areas of a property. Their main harbourage locations tend to be in dark areas such as under furniture, alongside edges of skirting boards and wardrobes. This can mean they can go undetected for a long period of time and cause a fully established infestation by the time they are located.
They are attracted to Keratin, which makes wool carpets and cashmere jumpers ideal breeding locations. A female can lay up to 40-50 eggs, singly, or in groups of two or more over the course of a few weeks before she dies. The eggs will hatch over 4-10 days during the summer and up to 21 days throughout the winter. However, there has been a noticeable increase in infestations during the winter, and this is believed to be due to better insulated properties where they can sometimes keep the life cycle at its full compacity.