Carpet Moths are synonymous with Clothes Moths, the creatures that feed on natural fibers containing keratin. While many newer carpets are constructed from synthetic fibers, thus making them impervious to moth digestion, older carpets and many throw rugs are made from wool and silk. These are signs of carpet moths:
1. Your rug has small holes or frayed edges
This is a classic sign you have Clothes Moth problem. Be sure to inspect the area in and around the rug for signs of infestation. You’ll want to inspect for eggs and larvae. Take a closer look at the signs of infestation.
2. You see adult moths congregating
Because adult clothes moths do not eat fibers, you will never catch a flying moth feasting on your cherished garments! Therefore, it’s important to inspect the areas around where the rug is placed—look on furniture, walls, and ceilings. This guide can help identify which species of Clothes Moth you have in your home.
3. You see mysterious white webs
In addition to eggs and larvae, moths leave behind the webbing from their cocoons where they spend time feeding. Depending on the species of moth, they will either spin silk webs or build cocoons of rug fibers.
Carpet Moth Problems
Signs of carpet moths may be in terms of damage to rugs and carpets, or the moths themselves, probably most likely at the larvae stage.
Carpet moth damage will be more prevalent in the softer pile rather than the hard webbing that holds the carpet together – ‘threadbare’ patches or holes will be the consequence. The most likely targets will be wool carpets or rugs and silk rugs. Moths prefer darker and undisturbed areas to lay their eggs and for larvae to feed. Consequently, under furniture or along baseboards are the most common locations to find carpet moth damage. Likewise, rooms that are used infrequently are also at a higher risk of moth infestation.
How do I get rid of Carpet Moths?
The most effective carpet moth control is achieved by using a combination of products such as powders, sprays and fumigation devices. In order to prevent a future infestation, it’s important to ensure your home is kept clean. Moths are attracted to moisture in spills and perspiration, as well as food traces. Ensuring that you vacuum thoroughly around the edges of room and under furniture is imperative, as moths will thrive in undisturbed areas. For information on carpet moth treatment, please visit London pest control services.