Carpet moths can cause severe damage their larvae cause to clothes, fabrics, furs, leather and carpets.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
- Fabric damage is an obvious indicator of moth infestation. There are, however, several other signs to look out for:
- Adult moths – these often crawl rather than fly
- Maggot-like larvae (moth caterpillars)
- Silky tubes or cases in which moth larvae live
- Pupae (silk cocoons) in which the larvae become moths
VARIED CARPET BEETLE
This species comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colour but generally they resemble a ladybird in shape with their colour ranging from black to brown and even white and yellow. Adults generally 2-3mm long. The adults are not a pest in your home as they tend to live outside and eat nectar and pollen. However, towards late summer they are extremely likely to enter your home and lay up to 40 eggs at a time in any natural fibres, such as curtains and carpets, in your home. Larvae hatch from the eggs and are called ‘Woolly Bears’ due to their hairy appearance. These eat natural fibres and can cause damage to carpets and furnishings.
Again, the amateur pest controller is unlikely to control carpet pests using ‘over the counter’ measures. IDM can provide effective moth and beetle treatment.