What’s eating your rug?
The common clothes moth is more likely to be found eating your wool carpet than your wool clothes. People often think they are two separate moths but the reality is that they are the same. As a rug cleaning specialist this is the number one problem I have to deal with.
How can you tell?
The video explains in more detail how to recognise the signs of a moth infestation. But simple things like checking the underside of your rug is a must for early diagnosis.
Flip your rug over and have a good look. if you can see a mass of matted ” spiderweb” like threads then you know you need to take action.
This is a very early stage and the eggs may not have hatched yet, best course of action would be to vacuum the back of the rug and or contact a rug care specialist.
Another indicator that you may have an issue will be small white cacoons that will be evident on the surface of the carpet. This is the next stage in the cycle between larvae and adult moth. Another place to spot these is between the skirting boards and and the edges around your room.
The simplest and easiest way to control carpet moth is to vacuum on a regular basis. Moving furniture, such as chairs sofas and tables will disturb and disrupt them. Vacuuming around the edges of your fitted carpets is also vital. Another place they love to lay their eggs is behind the television.
Females lay eggs in batches of 30 up to 200 at a time, the eggs adhere to the fibres of the carpet via a gelatin like glue they also spin mat like webs that are evident underneath the rug. The eggs then hatch between 4 and 10 days later.
Virtually invisible they begin to feed immediately and they continue to eat and develop from between 1 month and 2 years until they reach the pupal stage.
At this point they will spin a cocoon and spend another 10 to 50 days developing into Adults. By this time the damage has already been done.
The Adult Carpet moth
The adult moth has only one purpose once it emerges from the cacoon and that is basically to reproduce. Not all adults fly and many prefer scuttling across surfaces rather than flying. Adults livefor an additional 15 to 30 days although males will die shortly after mating and females after laying their eggs.
The life cycle can be completed in one month when conditions are at there optimum,with temperatures of around 24 degrees and in relative humidity.
Low temperatures can slow the process dramitically taking several years for the process to develop from egg to adult.
The advent of central heating and good insulation mean that the moth will happily carry on breeding all year round.
Larvae will hatch and develop in temperatures from 10 to 33 degrees Celsius. The cycle from egg through to egg takes about 4 to 6 months with two generations a year.
So from just one female moth laying a single batch of eggs, could potentially mean that you may well have between 2700 to 120000 hungry moths eating your treasured rug. In just Under 3 years
This is why the lavea is considered a serious pest and needs to be dealt with.
Andrew The Rug Man