Carpet moths, deep clean your carpet using the professionals

Clean carpet by Martins Cleaning ExterWhat causes carpet moths, for some of us we may not even know of this problem.  Some clients have already reported carpet moths in their carpet and are asking us for help.

First we need to look at possible causes of carpet moths.  Originally living in the wild living in humid conditions such as nests, they benefit from the warmth of animals and prefer dark areas feeding on protein fibres.  They are not far away from a water source.  Therefore with these conditions to consider it can be presumed that humidity has a part to play in the life of a carpet moth.

Why might they nest in your carpet?  Moths first need to find a way into your home. They can be attached to clothing or other items and once inside they seek a place to live and lay eggs.  They like warm and dark areas so it is common for them to find a dark wardrobe, skirting boards snuggled up to a carpet.

The main interest in your carpet for a carpet moth is the protein of natural fibres within your carpet, they can reproduce and spread for generations to come.  Once an egg is hatched the larva will feed on carpet fibres (process lasting between 68-87 days).  Eventually the process develops whereby further adult moths are produced.

More recently carpet manufactures has removed the process of application of insecticide as it was costly and also believed harmful to the environment.  The removal of this process could present an increase in carpet moth infestation, we really do not know for sure if this is the cause.

There are things that can be done to help, regular vacuuming will help to remove a percentage of larva and eggs.  It is probable that you will need a professional carpet cleaning company to provide a carpet cleaning service including thorough vacuuming and deep cleaning of your carpet.

Please be aware that any remaining eggs can still hatch and the larva will need to consume some fibres before they expire.  Therefore some clients may still find evidence of larva even after our treatments have been completed.  The action of deep cleaning may break the cycle of the infestation but may not prevent it returning in the future.

Martins cleaning recommend regular vacuuming and deep cleaning of your carpet.  This example shows what may be lingering in your carpet.

© Copyright 2013 Natasha Smith {Published on 25/10/2011 @ 8:02}
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2 Responses to Carpet moths, deep clean your carpet using the professionals

  1. D.Shauank says:

    We have recently discovered carpet moth in a room up in the loft. It is white and looks a grain of rice.
    There are some bald patches on the carpet where the top fibre has been eaten away. Would it be best in the long term to replace the carpet in this room? Are you able to tell me what could have triggered off the the moth infestation initially.

    Is it possible that the carpets in the other rooms could have any traces of moth?
    Do you undertake deep cleaning of carpets to remove all traces of moth and is it possible to visit the property and give a quotation?

    • natasha says:

      Thank you for your enquiry regarding moths in carpet.

      Moths like dark areas, their lava hatches in about 5 days – action is required quickly. Moths emerge in around 1 to 4 weeks. Female moths can hatch anything from 100-150 eggs, also on the carpet, so production will only increase if left untreated.
      It is not all bad news! Where do you live? Please send a separate email using our contact page and if you are within our area (Devon and surrounding areas) we are likely to be able to help you and provide an infestation treatment suitable for your carpets and deep cleaning. Our office telephone number is 01392 670700

      Where fibres have been eaten we do not provide a service to resurface areas of damage carpet, however it can be possible if you have any off cuts to cut out the piece and replace the area but you might wish to seek professional fitting advice to ensure the carpet pile is running the correct way, we can also clarify this with you when we visit your home.

      For clients with similar problems Martins Cleaning Services offers treatments for moths, beetles, ants, cockroaches as well as dust mites, this list is not exhausted so please contact us if you require assistance.

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