But scientists have known that clothes moths
also dine on dead animals in the wild, according to entomologist Sybil Bucheli of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Did the clothes moth
just come into existence when man first wore animal fur?
Once controlled by now-banned pesticides such as DDT, clothes moths are on the increase, according to entomologists.
Most clothes moths hitchhike into houses on used or imported woolens, then eat (and breed), preferring animal products such as wool, feathers (and down), fur, leather, or natural bristles.
There will also be a display of pest species affecting museum artefacts, some of which are also found in homes, such as woodworm, carpet beetles and clothes moths
Colm Moore, technical manager of pest control firm Rentokil said: "Common clothes moths
and their larvae thrive in warm, enclosed environments such as wardrobes, and their larvae feed on keratin which can be found in natural fibres like cotton and linen - common in vintage clothing.
But as natural fabrics have become more and more rare, these three species of clothes moths
have dwindled in number.
The grass and Eric's fur are ideal habitats for potentially destructive critters such as clothes moths
, or the caterpillar of Anthremus, the museum beetle.
People use the compound to rid human nests of carpet beetles and clothes moths
and to repel intruders such as bats and starlings.
Vale of Glamorgan MP John Smith has received a letter from the House of Commons accommodation manager telling him his office in the Palace of Westminster is plagued by clothes moths
which are nibbling through the carpets and curtains.
Naphthalene has long been used as a fumigant against clothes moths
and carpet beetles.