Moth damage to carpets and how to prevent it



Moth Damage to Carpets and How to Prevent It

As a carpet supplier in Poole, Wimborne and surrounding areas for over 35 years, we have seen a lot of damage from carpet moths. These pests can cause significant problems, their presence often going unnoticed until the damage to carpets, clothes and natural fibres is extensive.

Carpet Moth Damage

Carpet moths, particularly the larvae of the common or case-bearing clothes moth, feed on natural fibres found in wool carpets, causing noticeable damage over time. Here’s what to look for:

  • Small holes and threadbare patches where the larvae have been feeding on the carpet fibres, creating irregular holes and worn areas.
  • Silken, tubular cases. These are left by the larvae and are often found on the underside of the carpet or along the edges.
  • Frass. This is the powdery waste the larvae produce, which may be seen around the damaged areas of carpet.
  • Adult moths. Seeing small moths (typically beige or grey) around the home, particularly near carpets, clothes and other textiles, indicates an infestation. These moths prefer to hide in darker areas and are often seen flying around during evenings and at night-time.

Preventing Carpet Moth Infestations

Regular vacuuming, especially in dark, undisturbed areas such as under furniture and along skirting boards, which can help to remove eggs, larvae and adult moths. Don’t store items directly on carpets.

Professional cleaning
Have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis to eliminate any hidden infestations.

Reduce humidity
The moths thrive in humid environments, so using a dehumidifier can help to make things less hospitable for them.

Natural fibre protection
Cedar and lavender are natural repellents that can help to deter carpet moths. Place cedar blocks or lavender sachets near carpets and other vulnerable textiles.

Moth traps
Pheromone traps can capture adult moths, preventing them from laying eggs in the first place.

Regular moth inspections
Frequently check carpets, especially in less-used areas, clothes, and textiles for any signs of moth damage or infestation.

If storing carpets or rugs, ensure they are clean and stored in sealed containers or bags to prevent moths from accessing them.

Insecticides and treatments
Use insecticides specifically designed for carpet moths, but always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and consider professional application if you are unsure how to use them.

Professional pest control
For severe moth infestations, professional pest control services can provide more thorough and effective treatment.

By maintaining good cleaning habits, monitoring your carpets regularly, and using preventative measures, you can protect your carpets from the destructive effects of carpet moths.

Contact us today for traditional service, and a huge choice of carpets, flooring, laminates and luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), for both residential and commercial customers. We also stock Karndean flooring, Quick Step flooring and Cormar carpets.

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