|Flying moths do not eat your rug, but when they lay their eggs and hatch the larvae consume wool, fur and silk fibers. Moths and their larvae thrive in dark, undisturbed areas, not often vacuumed, like under heavy furniture, rugs hung on a wall or areas were rugs have little or no traffic at all.
To identify if you have a moth infestation, look for one or more of this signs:
- Flying moths- the common clothing moth is usually silvery tan or soft brown in color. This moth flies slowly but with a rapid flutter of small wings. If you try to snatch one out of the air, the moth folds its wings and drops to the floor.
- Bare spots in the pile– often moth larvae will prefer the taste of one color yarn over another and so the bare spots may involve some specific colors but not others.
- Cocoons- 1/8″ diameter x 1/2″ long slightly fuzzy cylinders usually the same color as the rug’s pile (larvae camouflage their cocoons to blend in with the color of the wool that surrounds them).
- Larvae in the pile- slender, white, worm-like moth larvae about 3/8″ long can sometimes be seen just after hatching, before they’ve constructed cocoons. It is the larvae that actually eat the wool.
- Sand-like particles, down in the pile of the rug- this material, often tan or brown in color, regular in size and granular in look, is the excretion of the larvae.
- Broken or loose plies- where the larvae have chewed through yarn over castings or bindings.
We are experts in Moth proofing wool and silk Rugs, and if needed we can wrap them for storage.
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