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Carpet Moth (Tapestry Moth) Control - How to Get Rid of Carpet Moths

This formally common pest is now quite rare in the UK, they feed on natural material such as hair and wool and are often found in Owl nests and some other bird nests. They generally fly between May and August.

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Carpet Moth Identification
The Carpet Moth is brown with white-tipped forewings and prefers damp environments. It is larger than the common clothes moth and has a wing span of 19mm.

The Problem Lies with the Larvae
The larvae prefer heavier material to the clothes moth and are often found in carpets and horse hair. They construct silk lined burrows through the material which can cause much damage.

Signs of a Carpet Moth Infestation
At the first indication of a moth on the premises, you should look for other signs of an infestation. The most obvious is damage to your fabrics, but other warning signs include the presence of maggot-like larvae, silken tubes or small cases in which the larvae live in and silk cocoons. When purchasing second-hand carpets look for threads that are silver in colour and about an inch long, as these are the larvae cases that indicate the presence of moths. Carpet Moths can cause small bald patches on edges and corners of your carpets and if these are noticed action should be taken immediately as an infestation can quickly get out of control.

Preventing Carpet Moth Infestations
There are some simple carpet moth control steps you can take to avoid moth damage in your home. It starts with cleaning the home regularly. Moths lay their eggs in areas that are dry and dark, such as cupboards and underneath furniture. Clean these areas regularly to remove the eggs and the problems.
Vacuum your carpet regularly to protect your fine rugs from the damaging effects of growing moth larvae. The bottoms of upholstered furniture can also fall victim, so you should consider adding some moth proofing. When vacuuming, be sure to vacuum the skirting boards and under furniture. Dispose of the bag in the outdoor rubbish bin promptly to avoid larvae from hatching in the bag and escaping into your home.
Finally, keep the doors closed to deny the moths access. Always be on the lookout for any disused, old birds’ nests in your loft or by windows and in guttering. These should be removed as soon as possible as this is a common way carpet moths and other pests can enter your home.

Treatment for Carpet Moths
Insecticides available from Pest Control Supplies are effective for killing off these destructive little invaders. Unlike other treatments, the Carpet Moth Killer Sprays are applied directly to textiles such as furniture, carpeting and clothing. The fabric should not be saturated, as only a light spray is required. Regular cleaning will gradually remove the treatment, so it will have to be reapplied from time to time.
You can also treat your wardrobes and the areas under heavy furniture with a Carpet Moth & Beetle Killer Powder. Sprinkled around the inside of the wardrobe, this powder should be applied directly to cracks and crevices where eggs could be hiding.
Carpet Moth Killer Smoke Bombs & Foggers are another effective option for ridding the entire home of moths. All insects that come into contact with the smoke or fog will perish.
Moths can destroy the clothing and furnishings in your home. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of these pests. Regular cleaning and vacuuming are excellent for preventing an infestation. If you already have them in the home, combine the cleaning with chemical treatments.