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The silent destroyer: How cloth moths are damaging your carpets

Clothes moths are a species of moth which feed on natural fibres, such as those found in clothes and carpets. These moths can cause extensive damage to fabrics but are often unnoticed until the damage is already done. Cloth moths may be tiny, but they are silent destroyers, so it’s important to know how to identify them and deal with an infestation before it causes any serious damage.

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Identification of clothes moths

The two types of clothes moths common in the UK are the Webbing Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella) and the Case-Bearing Clothes Moth (Tinea pellionella). The adults of both species have buff or straw-coloured wings with a silvery sheen. The webbing clothes moth is around 8 mm long with a golden-brown head, while the case-bearing cloth moth is slightly larger at around 12 mm in length with tufts of reddish-brown hairs on its head.

The damage they do

Cloth moths feed on natural fibres such as wool, fur, feathers and other materials derived from animals. They also feed on synthetic fabrics that contain animal-based ingredients like silk, cashmere and lanolin. As their larvae feed on these materials they cause holes in fabrics and can render clothing unwearable. In terms of carpets, they will eat through the fibres leaving little holes that eventually start to look like small patches across the carpet's surface; this damage can leave carpets looking worn out and unattractive.

Prevention & control  

It’s important to inspect your home regularly for signs of infestation: check closets for webbing or larval cases that may be attached to clothing; inspect furniture upholstery for larvae or adult moths; vacuum carpets regularly for larvae or eggs; and wash items made from natural fibres in hot water to kill any existing eggs or larvae. It can also help to invest in pest control experts who offer free surveys to manage infestations before they become a problem. This will allow you to act quickly if you spot any signs of an infestation, minimising any potential fabric damage caused by cloth moths.

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    Author Biography

    Philip Mark is a leading expert in the field of pest control, specialising in the destruction caused by cloth moths to carpets and rugs. He has been working in this area for many years and his knowledge and experience is invaluable when it comes to tackling this problem.

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