While moths are probably the bugs most closely associated with clothing damage, they are not the only culprit. Other flying and crawling pests can wreak havoc too. Carpet beetles are prolific, laying 100 or so eggs on carpet, furniture and clothing that hatch in 8-15 days. The larvae immediately begin feeding on fabrics, particularly wool, mohair, fur and feathers. Carefully applied insecticides and repeated vacuums of areas like baseboards and heating ducts are the best way to eradicate the beetle larva.
There are two types of moths that cause damage to clothing. Again the larvae are the culprits for clothing chaos. Moth balls or blocks that contain naphthalene will repel the moths, but be careful. The chemical will also discolor fabrics so care should be made to wrap the deterrents in paper to prevent contact with clothing. Cockroaches can cause all kinds of health and home problems and clothes are no exception. Roaches are attracted to body fluid stains, laundry starch, and food and beverage stains, and can eat away at fibers at is eats the other items. Its wastes can also stain clothes. Crickets act similarly by cutting clothes while they munch at stains and starch. Silverfish, firebrats and even termites can also congregate in areas where there is a natural-fiber food source.