adult common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) resting on fabric close up

Clothing Moths - Biological Control

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Fabric & Clothing Moths Control - Entosite

Entosite Biological Textile Moth Control is a sustainable, non-toxic solution for eliminating the larvae of clothing moths (such as common clothes moths and case-bearing clothes moths) in delicate or antique fabric and textile items of sentimental, unique or historic value.

Due to the feeding habits of clothes moth larvae they can extensively damage clothing, carpets, rugs, fabrics, tapestries, soft furnishings and other susceptible artifacts made of protein-based fibres that contain Keratin, including wool, silk, leather, and other animal fibres.

Entosite uses a naturally occuring predator of clothes moths known as Trichogramma app. These tiny parastic wasps (less tha 0.5mm in size) actively locate clothes moth eggs and prevent them from hatching by parasitosis.


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How do parastic wasps control moth larvae?

These natural predators of textile and clothing moths actively seek out moth eggs, so they can lay their own eggs inside them. When the eggs of this predator wasp hatch, the larvae consume the moth eggs, preventing them from hatching. The larva of the wasp pupate inside the shell of the moths egg, and emerge as adult wasps ready to start the process again. This continues until the wasps effectively break the life cycle of the pest moths, successfully controlling clothes moths on your premises.

These moth predator wasps will naturally die out whe there are no more moth eggs left for them to feed on. They do not sting or bite and are compelely harmless to people and animals. These parastic wasps are so small they are very difficult to see without magnifying equipmemt.

Entosite moth control for delicate artefacts

The Entosite Trichogramma parasitic wasp treatment can be used anywhere that clothing moths are causing a problem, and the objects infested are antique, historical or especially delicate, fragile or sensitive. Also if they are not suited to more traditional moth control solutions such as fumigation or heat treatment. Organisations and institutions that would benefit from a very sensitive, sustainable, non-toxic Entosite textile and clothing moth treatment include:

  • Museums
  • Heritage sites and centres
  • Theatre collections
  • Textile collections and plants
  • Costume collections and storage
  • Historic venues

Business benefits of Entosite moth treatment

Entosite is a non-toxic solution that sensitively and effectively eliminates clothing moths (common clothes moths Tineola bisselliella and case-bearing clothes moths Tinea pellionella) infestations from delicate, fabric and textile items of sentimental or historic value.

  • Non-toxic with no risk of pesticide contamination or residue
  • A sustainable solution with zero impact on the surrounding environment
  • Cost effective option that over time will reduce the number of moth eggs, which effectively breaks the clothing moths life cycle (i.e. removes 100%)

FAQs for Entosite textile moth control

  • Do Trichogramma parastic wasps sting people?

    No, these parasitic insects do not bite or sting people and pose no risk to human health.

  • How big are the parasitic wasps?

    Typically the adult Trichogramma wasps are less than 0.5mm in size. These tiny wasps are very difficult to see with the naked eye. You would need magnifying equipment to distinguish them clearly. 

  • Can the wasps become a contamination risk?

    Some of the small parasitic wasps may eventually die within the commodities or textiles, but the damage associated with any textile or clothing moths infestation would outweigh any risk from these tiny insects.

  • What happens to the parasitic wasps when the moths are eliminated?

    The wasps will eventually die out, as with no pest clothing moths eggs to feed on the parasitic wasps life cycle is broken.