Carpet Moths

Carpet Moth Control

Bristol Carpet Moth Control
Case bearing carpet moth larvae (Tinea pellionella)

Carpet Moths FAQ’s?

Carpet moth control will tackle a variety of textile pests that include Clothes MothsCarpet Beetles and Carpet Moths. Below we’ve listed the most common and important information requested by our customers about Carpet Moths.

Carpet moths (Tinea pellionella) belong to a group of moths called Tineidae. These tiny moths have larvae that cause significant economic damage to floor based textiles.

Carpet Moth Larvae

Carpet moth larvae are highly distinctive in appearance. As the first image on the page clearly shows, carpet moth larvae develop within a sheath of silk and carpet fibres. These sheaths steadily grow in size as larvae mature before finally pupating.

These 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.

What Causes Carpet Moths?

moth larvae in carpet
Moth larvae quickly strip carpets.

The causes of carpet moth infestation might not be as exciting as might hope. The 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!

The Most 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 larvae often go unnoticed. However, in undisturbed areas beneath items of furniture, 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 a protein called Keratin. This protein is what animal hair and nails are made from, and is the preferred food of the moth larvae pictured above.

What Carpets Are Most At Risk From Moths?

Empty moth cases are common on walls and furniture.

Wool and wool mix Carpets are most at risk. This is especially true in areas of high humidity like bathrooms and shower rooms. Because natural fibre carpets represent a significant investment, your carpets deserve a high level of protection.

In many cases, only professional control methods and products can tackle carpet moth problems effectively. Rapid control requires a variety of control methods used together.

What Damage Can Carpet Moths Cause?

Carpet moth damage bristol

Moths emerge inside warm properties at any time of year where they developed as larvae. Moths are only restricted by the climate outdoors, being commonly associated with animal fur and bird feathers. The adults are on the wing outdoors from May until September.

What Damage Will Carpet Moths Cause?

The 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, thinking the carpet was the problem. It was, in fact, the moths, entering your property in the warm summer months, that started the infestation. Laying their eggs on suitable natural products.

It’s all too easy to think moths are the problem. When in fact, these are only part of the carpet moths lifecycle and NOT the part causing damage to carpets etc. Carpet moth larvae will quickly strip carpets and rugs bare.

Should I Remove The Carpet?

In a small number of cases, replacement carpets are the only economically feasible option.

Before removing affected carpets to re-lay new ones, consider an insecticidal band treatment around the perimeter of the room. Band-treatments consist of residual insecticide sprayed around the edges of the room.

Band treatments ensure existing infestations get stopped before re-infestation is possible.