This trap is similar in appearance to a kitchen moth trap. However, the pheromone used in it works on two types of moths. Webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) and Casemaking clothes moth (Tinea pellionella).
Tineola bisselliella, known as the common clothes moth, webbing clothes moth, or simply clothing moth. The larvae (caterpillars) of this moth are considered a serious pest, as they can derive nourishment from clothing – in particular wool, but many other natural fibers – and also, like most related species, from stored foods, such as grains.
Unlike the caterpillars, the adult moths do not feed: they acquire all of the nutrition and moisture they need while in the larval stage, and once they hatch from cocoons their only goal is to reproduce. They have only atrophied mouth parts and cannot feed on fabric or clothing. All feeding damage is done by the caterpillar (larval) form. Heated buildings allow clothes moths to develop year-round. The overall life cycle from egg to egg typically takes 4–6 months, with two generations per year.
Casemaking clothes moth (Tinea pellionella) called as Carpet Moth, is silvery grey to shiny light brown in color, with dark grayish hairs on the top of its head. The adult of this species has a wingspan of 9 to 16 millimeters. Its forewings are grizzled brown with one large spot and a few smaller, indistinct black spots. The hindwings are plain pale brown-grey. The forewings, but especially the hindwings are surrounded by a hairy fringe. The larva eats mainly fibrous keratin, such as hairs and feathers. It can become a pest when it feeds on carpets, furs, upholstery, and woolen fabrics.
One of the easiest methods to indicate whether or not your home has moths is by using a moth trap. Make sure the trap you are using is for cloth moths and not another type of moth. To prevent moths from doing damage to rugs and fabrics, furs and sheepskins, you may consider keeping a moth trap in your home throughout the year.
If you have moths in your home, you should act immediately. Vacuum your house thoroughly around the edges of room and under furniture as moths will thrive in undisturbed areas. when we find that the moths have had produced eggs, more advanced methods are needed to get rid of the moths from the house.
In this case, the role of the moth trap is monitoring and providing information that Webbing clothes moth or Casemaking clothes moth are at home. Permanent monitoring is a necessity.