Friday, April 6, 2012

Moth Damage - Finding Moth Activity/Info/Cleaning

Moths are wool's number one enemy. Finding moth activity early saves you money and your wool area rugs.
1-Keep them clean. Prevention and cleaning are the best defense against getting a moth infestation. Before storing any wool rugs, blankets, clothing, etc get them cleaned. Moths cannot survive on clean wool as it does not have the nutrients it needs.
2-If you live in a house, get your air ducts cleaned before using them. Moths live where there is a lot of organic dust and dirt. Check in your attic, crawl spaces, eves for abandon bird or insect nests, moths can live in them and then move on to another food source, such as your wool area rug.
3-When you do your regular vacuuming, make sure to get under any furniture that is on your rug. Moths love dark, undisturbed, dirty areas and it doesn't take long for them to damage to your rugs.
4-Also, lift up the edges of your rug to check for moth activity under the rug. Moths are sneaky and will crawl two to six inches under a rug to lay their eggs. Old moth larva casings look like flat pieces of rice and can be the same color as your rug.
5-Try getting your rugs professionally cleaned once a year. This will make your rugs undesirable to moths. Having food, drink spills and pet accidents cleaned right away aids in moth deterrent. The sugars and proteins in such spills are what moths like.
6-If you find moth activity in your rug, bring it to us at Rug Ideas quickly so we can do a through deep cleaning on it. Getting rid of the eggs and larva fast saves your rug from permanent damage and expensive repairs.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085


Jan said...

The great craftsmanship at rug Ideas will bring those rugs back to there original beauty, they are like magicians.

John Braun said...

Perfect article on identifying moth problems on rugs. Mind if I put a link to this on my blog to tell my clients?

Rug Ideas Dr. Kay Sobhe (Los Angeles) said...

Hi John,

Thank you very much for your comment. You can surely link to the post and use it to educate your customers.

Have a great day.