Rugs are some of the most durable home furnishings you can purchase. They are woven to be walked on and receive the heaviest traffic and abuse, but still last generations. In fact, rugs have very few “Natural Enemies”. Chief among those diabolical foes are Moths and carpet beetles.
When it comes to rugs, few things can compete with the destructive force of a swarm of hungry
moths. About the size of a grain of rice, these small pests tend to lay their eggs in dark and undisturbed
places on your rugs. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae begin to quickly eat their way thorough wool, silk, or any other protein fiber. Regular inspection of at risk areas goes a long way to preventing damage and keeping your rugs safe, but if you ever do find evidence of moth eggs, call a rug cleaning professional right away.
Less common than the wool moth, but every bit as dangerous to your rug is the carpet beetle. Smaller than Abraham Lincoln’s face on a penny, carpet beetles are tiny, but don’t be fooled by their size. Just like moths, they can lay their eggs in your rugs and chew through your rug in a few days.
If you have a pest infestation, be it moth or carpet beetle, always remember to call a professional. Proper cleaning will remove the infestation, kill any eggs hiding in the pile or foundation of the rug, and go a long way toward preventing future damage.