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Found these on my husband's socks after he came home from work, they were twirling slowly. Is this an insect or moth larva or something else? Thanks, Lana

Hi Lana, Looks like a clothes moth The Webbing Clothes Moth is the most commonly encountered clothes moth in the United States, found in all states. The body and wings of the adult are uniformly buff colored and its head has lightly reddish hairs on top. The wings are silvery brown, without spots and measure less than 1/2 inch across when extended. Adult males are capable of flying as far as 100 yards but seldom do so. Females are rather weak fliers, although they can fly for short distances within homes and elsewhere.

Adult females can mate and lay eggs during the same day they emerge from the cocoon. Adults normally live about 15 to 30 days, although in colder weather this time may be extended somewhat.

The eggs are oval, ivory-colored, and about 1/25 inch long. They are laid either singly or in small groups among the threads or in cracks of a suitable food material and are usually attached to this food material with a gelatinous secretion. Each female lays an average of 40 to 50 eggs, but some may lay up to 200. In the summer these eggs will hatch in 4 to 10 days, but in winter it may take a month or more. When using a microscope to examine damaged goods, you must be careful not to confuse eggs with the tiny, hard, characteristically bun-shaped particles of excrement which are left scattered about wherever the larvae have been active. These excrement particles are frequently of the same color as the fabric the larvae are feeding on.

Larvae are shiny, creamy white in color, and not more than 1/2-inch long. They usually spin feeding tunnels of silk, but may produce somewhat randomly placed patches of silken webbing as they move about on the surface of a cloth article they are attacking. Some particles of the material on which they are feeding and bits of their own excrement are often entangled in the silk. These feeding tubes and silken patches together make up the webbing which is characteristic of this moth. In fur, webbing is generally sparse

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My Pest Control and Nuisance Wildlife Removal experience is in Residential, Commercial, Public Housing, Multiple Story Hi Rises, Agricultural facilities. My company is located in Lewisburg, Ohio and our Web sites are


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