Moths and Moth Damage.
There are several moths that could be responsible for causing damage to your rugs and carpets in your home, but the likely culprits are either the carpet moth or the clothes moth. Although it’s not actually the adult moth that causes the damage, it’s actually at the larvae stage of its life cycle that it causes the lasting devastation to your rugs and carpets.
How to identify if you have a moth problem.
The carpet moth is a very small moth and can go unnoticed in your home, especially if you have light coloured carpets or rugs. They also tend to hide in dark places, under furniture such as sofas, sideboards and tables. Places where they are less likely to be disturbed or where the vacuum cleaner doesn’t reach. They love wool fibres but are also known to eat other fibres such as silk and fur.
The first signs you may notice is the loss of tufts from your rug or maybe even notice some pupa cases on the surface of your rug which look similar to grains of rice.
Life cycle of the moth.
Eggs: Usually laid deep down the pile of your carpet or on the back of your rug. They prefer dark and undisturbed areas where the eggs will be safe to hatch, the eggs are very tiny and white in colour and clustered into groups. They take around 4 – 10 days to hatch.
Larvae: The larvae look like small cream maggots or worms, they also have transparent body so if your rug is green then they will also appear green from the fibres they have consumed. Larvae can live from 2 months up until 2 years! That’s potentially a lot of damage caused from the larvae munching through those rug fibres. Interestingly they prefer dirtier fibres as they will give the larvae more nutrients. Once they are fully fed and the time is right, they enclose themselves in a silk cocoon/pupa.
Pupa: Where the moth is in its transition stage of its life cycle. This period takes around two weeks before the adult moth emerges.
Adult Moth: The adult moth doesn’t feed at all during this stage and concentrates on laying eggs to complete its life cycle. It can live for up to two months and can lay thousands of eggs during this time
How can you keep moths at bay?
To try and limit the chances of having a moth infestation the best actions you can take to prevent them from settling in your home is to make those areas unwelcome. Vacuuming on a regular basis especially concentrating in the dark and hard to reach areas such as under your sofa’s, beds and around the edges of the room at least on a monthly basis to disturb those areas where they thrive.
Have your rugs and carpets cleaned every 1 to 2 years to remove those nutrients they love, removing all the soils, spills, dog oils etc that build up over time, that vacuuming alone cannot remove. Also, the use of a good rug pad under your rug will prevent adult moths from laying their eggs on the back of your rug.
Moth damage repair.
If you have had the misfortune of having moths in your home and they have caused damage to your wool rug, then all is not lost! we offer a in-house rug restoration service for reweaving or re-tufting moth damaged areas. Sian can talk to you about what your options are and what to expect from this service, give us a call on 01606 882712