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rapid rise of clothes moths threatens historic fabrics

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rapid rise of clothes moths threatens historic fabrics

image copyrightsplimage caption the numbers of clothes moths have doubled at english heritage sites over the past five years rare furnishings and fabrics in england's historic houses are under growing threat from an epidemic of clothes moths, say experts. english heritage says that moth numbers have doubled in the past five years, most likely because of warmer weather. a new species has been found feeding happily on the ancient wool carpets and tapestries under their care.the charity is seeking the public's help to track the spread of the fluttering, destructive creatures. with many historic houses and sites opening up to the public this week, conservation experts at english heritage are concerned about the potential damage that clothes moths can wreak.many of the 2,400 species of moths found in the uk pose a threat to clothing, upholstery, furs and even stuffed animals. the insects only fly when it is warm and tend to shun light, hiding in dark recesses where they lay eggs on wool, feathers or skins. when these eggs hatch out, it is the larvae that do the real damage, spinning silk webbing into tunnel shapes across the carpet or fabric. they also eat the fibres, resulting in holes in clothes and the loss of pile in carpets. image copyrightsplimage caption english heritage want members of the public to see if they can catch clothes moths in traps english heritage has been monitoring the the spread of clothes moths since 1997 and is now checking for the creat...