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A Moth’s Favorite 3 Things About Your Area Rug!

A Moth’s Favorite 3 Things About Your Area Rug!

Hi folks!  Here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott, AZ, rugs come into us everyday for cleaning.  Unfortunately, some rugs that come into us have signs of moth damage to the fibers. Typically, moths munch away on the wool fibers and leave holes in rugs anywhere from the small ¼ inch ones to the massive 12 to 24 inch ones.  The sooner an infestation is detected, the less damage there will be to the rug.

Ruthie here as always and I wanted to share a little information with you about why moths (and their larvae) love your area rugs so much!  Hopefully being armed with this information will help you to protect your rugs from a possible moth infestation like the one I’ve pictured here.


1: MOTHS LOVE WOOL!  Lucky for you and your rugs, we have a specialized moth treatment that we can apply to your wool rugs that acts as a moth repellent.  It makes wool taste awful to moths and their larvae and they’ll go looking somewhere else for their next meal! We can apply this on your rugs after they are cleaned with us here at Arizona Oriental.  There’s no odor or visible evidence with it, but the moths will definitely get the memo!

2: HEAVILY SOILED RUGS!  Especially rugs that have animal urine deposits.  This is basically an all-you-can-eat buffet of the best foods in the world for moths.  Urine is very attractive to moths because of the protein it adds to rugs. Spilled food and drink also attracts them.  Tasty, right? This is why you should NEVER store dirty rugs!

#3: QUIET, UNDISTURBED AREAS OF YOUR HOME!  If an area rug has been left in a room that doesn’t get used very often or even stored in the garage or attic somewhere, it is much more likely that moths will move right in.  Moths don’t like us any more than we like them. Dark and quiet spots allow them to go undetected and undisturbed, which is exactly what they want.

The best thing that you can do to prevent moth damage in your area rugs is have Arizona Oriental treat them with our moth repellent!  It’s odor free and the moths will be the only ones that notice it and will leave your beautiful area rugs alone!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and much of the Northern Arizona areas.  We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.  Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

If you’d like more information about preventing moth damage to your area rugs or a free quote for professional rug cleaning at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 1-18-2019

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