7-9mm in length with an open wingspan of 10– 23mm. Brown in colour with brown mottled wings and a distinctive white head and shoulders. Larvae are small and white with a brown head.
Females lay up to 200 eggs on or near the larval food source. Depending on temperature conditions, the eggs hatch into larvae in 7-25 days and begin feeding on the available food source immediately. They form a silk-like tunnel within the food source, feeding at night and hiding by day. The pupae are formed in a silk cocoon and the adults emerge within 1-5 weeks. The adult’s life span is around 2-3 weeks.
Removal of birds’ nests, and general aggregations of food / organic matter are recommended. Frequent vacuuming of these areas will reduce the breeding potential by physical removal of all stages in the life cycle. Where appropriate, use of a residual insecticide spray will provide control.
**Products to control White Shouldered House Moth:
Imidasect Ant Gel (35g tube)
Maxforce Pushbox (20 x 2g)
Maxforce Quantum Gel (30g tube)