Carpet Moth Control
Getting rid of the bugs in your carpet!
Carpet Moth Control: Bristol is home to a variety of textile pests that include Clothes Moths, Carpet Beetles and Carpet Moths. each of these insects has a love of the protein Keratin found in animal hair.
Although each species has the potential to destroy your carpets, Carpet moths are becoming ever more common. Properties of all kinds are often full of large items of furniture that never get moved.
Beneath these undisturbed items of furniture, carpet moths destroy carpets. Often, the moth grubs live completely undetected until the damage is done and replacement of carpets becomes your only option.
Do I Need To Throw Moth Damaged Carpets Away?
Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be this way, and we can help turn the tide on the common carpet moths very quickly.Below we’ve listed the most common and important information requested by our customers about Carpet Moths.
What Are Carpet Moths (Case Bearing)?
Identify Carpet Moth Larvae
Carpet Moth Larvae
Your carpet moth larvae are highly distinctive in appearance. As the image below clearly shows, The carpet moth larvae develop within a sheath of silk and carpet fibres, that steadily grows in size as the larvae grow to maturity and finally pupates.
Larvae or moth grubs are often described to us as small, moving grains of rice. The colour can vary greatly depending on the colour of the carpet or rug being consumed. This also means that in some cases the caterpillars can remain well concealed and camouflaged.
Where Do Carpet Moth Larvae Live?
Carpet moth larvae are most commonly found in dark areas where they are unlikely to be disturbed for long periods.
Examples of undisturbed areas include areas beneath desks, tv-audio stands, tables, sideboards, and sofas.
What Causes Carpet Moths?
The causes of carpet moth infestation might not be as exciting as one might hope. Carpet moths are found in the environment, so become attracted to the target materials, entering homes through lofts, vents, attics and open doors and windows.
Sometimes the moths will be introduced to the property on second-hand furniture, carpets, rugs, other textiles and even stuffed animals!
Common Areas Of Carpet Moth Larvae Activity Include:
- Large Items Of Furniture – Under bookshelves, pianos, sofas and sideboards etc.
- Storage Areas – Carpets etc, stored in attics, lofts, crawl spaces and garages.
- Room Edges/Perimeters – Especially behind large items of static and moveable furniture.
- Cupboards – carpets in storage cupboards and built in wardrobes.
What Do Carpet Moth Larvae Feed On?
Small numbers of textile moth larvae tend to go unnoticed, so infestations are common. In undisturbed areas, like beneath larger items of furniture, even small numbers of larvae will cause noticeable damage.
Larger infestations of larvae, quickly destroy your carpets, rugs, clothes and associated natural fibre textiles. Textile pests have a liking for what makes up all animal hair, – the protein Keratin, which is the preferred food of their larvae (pictured above).
What Carpets Are Most At Risk From Carpet Moths?
Wool and wool mix Carpets are most at risk, especially in humid areas like bathrooms. Because natural fibre carpets represent a significant investment, they deserve to be well protected.
In many cases, only professional carpet moth control can eliminate carpet moth problems effectively. Very often, a variety of control methods need to be implemented together, to achieve satisfactory control quickly.
What Damage Can Carpet Moths Cause?
Moth damaged Carpet
Carpet moths emerge at any time of year indoors because properties are always warm.
Outdoors, moths are restricted by climate and seasons. Carpet moths naturally seek out animal fur and bird feathers. The adults are on the wing outdoors from May until September.
What Damage Will Carpet Moth Cause?
Adult Carpet Moths “ARE NOT” damaging your carpet – it’s the carpet moth larvae causing the damage!
Homeowners commonly replace damaged carpets like for like because they think the carpet was the problem. In fact, it was the moths, entering the property usually during the warm summer months.
Adult moths start the infestation by laying their eggs on suitable natural products. It’s easy to think that the moths are the problem because they are what you see.
Moths are the part of the common carpet moths lifecycle that’s NOT the part that actually causes the damage to carpets, etc. Your carpets get stripped bare by the carpet moth larvae.
Effective treatment of moth larvae using a persistent insecticidal spray is the very best method of carpet moth control. Persistent insecticides offer lasting control because they target the larvae.
Should I Remove The Carpet?
Carpet moth control is effective but won’t repair damaged textiles. In a small number of cases, replacement of carpets might be the only economically feasible option.
Before replacing affected carpets and re-laying new ones, Don’t, because you might be able to rescue them.
This is because you should first consider a band treatment of residual insecticide around the edges of the room.
Band or perimeter treatments ensure any existing infestation is stopped in its tracks and is unable to infest the new carpets or rugs etc, that you are putting down.
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