The tapestry moth – often referred to as the carpet moth – can be found worldwide, and as the name suggests, they like to feed on tapestry or carpets, among other things. However, their natural preference is for animal-based products such as animal skin, fur, and bird nests.
Why are they a pest?
The tapestry moth is a very destructive species, not just because they eat the fabrics but also because they create web-like silk pockets or caves within them.
The tapestry moth is not as common in the UK as it used to be, perhaps due to our increased use of manufactured products and our homes being too hot and dry for them with the prevalence of central heating.
They have distinctive colouring – of creamy white and dark brown, almost in a half and half pattern. Depending on the climate, it is 1.5 to 2cm in length and is typically seen mainly in the evenings from May or June to September.