Insects that eat carpets, clothes and other woolen or natural material based fabrics are collectively known as "textile pests". In general, they are not associated with poor hygeine or disease spreading as other pest species. Instead they are quite selective in their choice of breeding sites prefering natural fabrics such as wool mixtured carpets and woolly jumpers to lay their eggs and feed upon.
Common Clothes Moth
Case Bearing Clothes Moth
The adult moth has a body length of between 6 and 8 mm and a wingspan of 9 to 16 mm. The upper side of the fore wings is buff, nearly golden, in colour. Both pairs of wings have fringed margins.
The larva is yellowish white in colour with a brown head and measures around 10 mm in length when fully mature.
Common Clothes Moth, Case Bearing clothes Moth and Varied carpet beetles all go through “Complete Metamorphosis”. Eggs are laid by the Adult moth in suitable feeding material (between 50 and 100). Once hatched the larva emerges and proceeds to feed on the fibres present.
All textile pests seek the natural protein Keratin to aid in their development. Whilst feeding the larva constructs a loose silk casing which becomes attached to the debris produced by the larva. The larva then crawls inside the casing and seals it up to pupate.
The adult moth then emerges from the pupal stage and lives for around 2-3 weeks.
As with most insects, the life cycle stages are influenced by temperature, relative humidity, moisture and available food. The total life cycle in a normal household takes around two months from start to finish.
How Can Countrywide Help?
Carpet Moth and beetle removal services
Countrywide pest control have significant experience in dealing with textile pests. Treatment consists of tracing the source of infestation and then applying an insecticide treatment to infested areas. Textile pests are often found in association with birds' and mammals' nests, therefore these possibilities are also investigated.
Countrywide apply a mixture of both residual and ULV insecticide applications to ensure that all stages of the life cycle are rapidly dealt with. We take particular care that the right products are selected to prevent any staining or contamination of soft furnishings.
Or watch the above Countrywide Pest Control Video where Phil goes through some of the treatment processes