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From tapestries to period dresses, our furnishings and fabrics are hundreds of years old. But clothes moths can eat through them in several months and their numbers are rising. Our conservation scientists needed data to tackle the problem, and we called on the public to help out.

Situation Report

Operation Clothes Moth Trap

At English Heritage, we’ve been monitoring clothes moths at our properties for many years, and this has shown us that their numbers are rising. We’re on top of the situation, but we wanted to learn more about how these moths were spreading.

In spring 2017 we launched a research project, Operation Clothes Moth. Hundreds of you helped us by trapping moths at home and sharing your findings.

Our conservation scientists are now working to analyse the results and see what we can discover. When we know more, we'll be sure to share it here, so keep checking back for updates.

Learn more about clothes moths infestations

Moth Hunt Map

Thank you for sharing your moth hunt data! Use the tabbed options to explore this map showing your reports.

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