February 22, 2005
First Issue: This is the first issue of the Bug-Wise Newsletter for 2005. This newsletter focuses
on non-commercial entomological issues affecting Mississippi homeowners and consumers. The
primary goal of the newsletter is to provide extension clientele with timely information that will
aid them in addressing insect related problems that affect their daily lives. We would like to
expand the mailing list to include local businesses where employees routinely interact with the
public on insect related questions. This would include such business as Co-Ops, nurseries, lawn
and garden centers, etc. We would appreciate your assistance in making such businesses aware
of the opportunity to receive this newsletter. Anyone who would like to receive Bug-Wise can
do so by sending their name and address to: Bug-Wise, Box 9775, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
We anticipate publishing approximately 15 issues of the newsletter yearly, on an irregular, as-
Clothes Moths and Carpet Beetles: Spring is on its way and folks will soon be putting heavy winter
clothing away for the season. A little bit of care and thought now can prevent costly disappointments
next fall when these garments are needed again.
Although most folks think of ‘clothes moths’ when they encounter holes in a favorite sweater or wool
coat, carpet beetles may also be the cause. Fortunately, many of the precautions taken to prevent or
control clothes moths will also work against carpet beetles.
The most commonly encountered species of clothes moths are the webbing clothes moth and the
casemaking clothes moth. Both are very small, light-colored moths, approximately ¼ inch in length.
However, these moths do not eat clothes; it is the small caterpillars that cause the damage. Mature
caterpillars are about ½ inch long.
Carpet beetles are so named because they were very common problems back in the days when carpets
were made of w