Carpet Moths

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What Causes Carpet Moths?

Neglect is the main cause of carpet moth infestation because moth populations develop slowly. These insect pests prefer dark, undisturbed places under beds, furniture, bathrooms and behind doors. Regular cleaning and vacuuming of hard to reach areas will avoid the use of moth control pesticides.

Case bearing carpet moth control will also tackle a variety of other textile pests that include Clothes Moths, and Carpet Beetles. Below we’ve listed the most common and important information requested by our customers.

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

What Do Carpet Moths Look Like?

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Case bearing carpet moth larvae.
Case bearing carpet moths (Tinea pellionella)
Case bearing carpet moths – adults (Tinea pellionella)

Moth control tackles the moth’s larvae which are highly distinctive in appearance. As the first image on the page clearly shows these moth larvae develop within a sheath of silk and carpet fibres. These sheaths steadily grow in size as larvae mature before finally pupating.

Grubs often resemble small, moving grains of rice. The colour of the case bearing larvae will vary greatly 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.

What Causes Carpet Moths?

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Bristol Carpet Moth Control

Carpet Moth larvae quickly strip wool and related animal fibre rugs & carpets.

The causes of moth infestation might not be as exciting, but they are predictable. Moths are found outdoors and indoors feeding on the very same products as they do outdoors.

Once hatched from pupae, the adult moths go in search of a mate, and this might draw them into homes and commercial premises. Entering your home and other buildings is easy through lofts, vents, attics, open doors and open windows. Eggs are laid onto carpet fibres where they hatch and immediately begin consuming the carpet fibres around them.

Sometimes the moths will be introduced to the property on second-hand furniture, carpets, rugs, other textiles and even stuffed animals!

Top 4 Areas Of High Moth Larvae Activity

Large Items Of Furniture – Under bookshelves, pianos, sofas and sideboards etc.

Storage Areas – Carpets & textiles 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 and allow them time and space to thrive. In cluttered residential buildings with thick pile carpets where large areas of material remain concealed beneath rugs and furniture, 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 Materials Are Most At Risk From Moths?

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Empty moth cases are common on walls and furniture.

Wool and wool mix carpets are most at risk from the larval stage of the carpet moths life cycle. 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 moth problems effectively. Rapid control requires a variety of methods used together.

What Damage Can Carpet Moths Cause?

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Moth damage to carpets.

Moths emerge inside warm properties at any time of year where they developed as larvae. Outdoors, adult moths emerge from pupae in early summer and are on the wing outdoors from May until September.

What Damage Will Carpet Moths Cause?

Adult Carpet Moths “ARE NOT” damaging your carpet – it’s the moths’ 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 moth’s 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.