For spring cleaning this year, I thought I’d really get in those corners and under furniture. I moved a chair aside and was surprised to see a section of rug the size of my open hand completely denuded of wool! What the heck was going on?
I got out my magnifying glass but could see nothing, I thought maybe something had spilled there (under a chair?) and eaten away at the carpet unnoticed. I started vacuuming and found a few more, smaller holes in the carpet. I got down to inspect and I flipped over the carpet, not much to see. It was a mystery. Just as I was getting back to work, I noticed a tiny moth crawl out from the carpet. OMG, could moths be eating my carpets?
After a thorough inspection of the whole house with a flashlight and a magnifying glass, I discovered to my horror, that I had moths eating 4 of my beautiful wool rugs.
Aaaccckkk! And Eecckkk! Why to do? Research! Turns out I have an infestation of the evil webbing cloths moth.
I called 4 exterminators, no love there – there is no spray for these babys. Rug cleaning places won’t take them. I sat down and wept – I’ve got to get rid of them! How? More research.
I find that there are only a few sure ways to get rid of them;
1) seal the moths, and the item they are eating in a dark plastic container with mothballs and the vapor will kill them.
2) dry clean the item
3) wash in hot water and dry in a hot dryer.
OK, to work! Here are my supplies,
Each carpet got 6 to 10 little organza bags filled with mothballs. Don’t they look like little party favors?
Then I tightly wrapped every carpet and underpad in the whole house up in thick black plastic, labeled it and stored them all in the garage. Whew , what a job!
THEN, while I was washing EVERY SINGLE ITEM MADE OF FABRIC, I vacuumed , swiftered and them washed every inch of flooring in the house.
I washed every pillow, slipcover, sheet, blanket, sweater, pants…everything! I’m so exhausted I can hardly move. If I never see another moth, it will be too soon!
Here’s more information about the evil little monster –
Clothes moths are seldom seen because they avoid light. They prefer dark, undisturbed areas such as closets, basements and attics, and tend to live in corners or in folds of fabric. If you do see tiny moths flying about in the kitchen and other open areas, they are probably grain moths originating from some infested cereal, flour or stored food item. Clothes moth adults do not feed so they cause no injury to fabrics. However, the adults produce eggs which hatch into the fabric-eating larvae.
As mentioned earlier, clothes moths feed on a variety of animal-based materials, including wool, fur, silk, feathers and leather. Items commonly infested include wool sweaters, coats, blankets, carpets, decorative items, down pillows and comforters, toys and animal trophies. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester and rayon are rarely attacked unless blended with wool, or if they are heavily soiled with food stains or body oils. The larvae prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas such as closets, attics, and within boxes where woolens and furs are stored for long periods.
Clothing and blankets in constant use are seldom damaged by clothes moths, nor are rugs that get a normal amount of traffic or are routinely vacuumed. Edges of carpeting next to walls or underneath furniture are often attacked. Clothes moths may also be found infesting upholstered furniture (both inside and out), and in air ducts where the larvae may be feeding on lint, shed pet hair and other bits of debris.
The little bastards!