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How Insects Damage Clothes

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IFI BULLETINS - TABS NO. 356 - HOW INSECTS DAMAGE CLOTHESEver wonder how insects damage your clothes?

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere, mysterious small holes or loss of surface fibers appear on a fabric.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Normally this damage looks like small holes in the fabric. In some instances, however, mainly on soft fabrics with a nap, the fiber damage appears as irregular “trails” or veins across the surface. This damage can appear in just one area or could be in several areas of a garment at random.

WHAT CAUSED IT?
Bugs. Many insects, such as moths, silverfish, cockroaches, and beetles, are attracted to textiles with food, beverage, and perspiration stains left on them. Insect damage is more common on wool fabrics, since these fibers are made from a protein that particularly attracts moths. Moth damage is actually caused by larvae of the hatched eggs that were laid in the fabric while in storage long before the damage appears. It may show up on just one garment in a closet or affect several garments.

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