The Hidden Threat: Identifying and Treating Moth Damage in Your Rugs


As the proud owner of Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, I’ve seen firsthand the silent but devastating effects of moth infestations on beautiful rugs. It’s a problem many rug owners may not be aware of until the damage is done. Moths can turn precious heirlooms into frayed fibers in a matter of months. In this blog post, I’ll guide you through spotting the signs of moth damage and how our expert services can help you combat this pesky problem.

Identifying Moth Infestations

Moths tend to be discreet with their damage. Here’s what to look for:

Bare Spots: Look for areas where the pile is missing or the foundation of the rug is visible.

Cocoons: Small, silken tubes or cases about the size of a grain of rice can sometimes be spotted tucked in the pile.

Larvae: These wriggling offenders are often the color of the rug fibers they’ve been feasting on, making them challenging to spot. (Check out our video to see what active larvae look like.)

Sand-Like Granules: This is the excrement of the larvae and a key indicator of infestation.

Can you spot any of these signs in the images below?

Moth Damage

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Our Solution for Moth Damage and Prevention

Moth Removal

We use a pre-treatment spray to stop the spread of a moth infestation in its tracks.

Our next step is to thoroughly vacuum the rugs using HEPA filters to remove larvae and eggs. Our cleaning process is designed to penetrate deep into the fibers of the rug, ensuring no larvae are left behind.

Moth Treatment

Post-cleaning, we apply a special moth repellent to deter future infestations. This treatment is safe for your rug’s fibers and for your home environment, providing long-lasting protection against these textile munchers.

Preventive Care: We also offer advice on preventive measures you can take at home, such as regular vacuuming, avoiding storage in dark and undisturbed places, and the importance of natural light and airflow.

At Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, we understand the value you place on your rugs. They are not just decor; they are stories woven into the fabric of your homes and lives. Some Moth damage, if detected early enough, is reversible, and with our professional help, your rugs can continue to be part of your family’s story.

Don’t let moths get the best of your beloved rugs. Contact us today for a thorough cleaning and protective treatment. Let’s preserve your rugs for generations to come.

Remember, the sooner you act, the better your chances of saving your rug. Reach out to us, and let’s give your rugs the care they deserve.

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