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How to Handle Moth Infestation in Your Area Rugs the Right Way – Prescott Valley AZ

How to Handle Moth Infestation in Your Area Rugs the Right Way – Prescott Valley AZ

 Hi folks!  This is Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here and I wanted to share with you all some photos of a rug that came into us recently.  This lovely little runner was brought back with our client from his time in the Middle East.  Unfortunately, it was also in a back room of our client’s home that didn’t see much traffic and fell victim to killer moths.

Moths LOVE wool area rugs in dark, quiet, and undisturbed areas.  Under beds, in a closet or garage, even hanging on your wall!  Female moths look for anywhere they can lay their eggs and their babies can grow up undisturbed, all while nibbling away at the tasty wool fibers of your area rugs.


In these photos, you can see some of the damage to the area rug before and after it was cleaned.  The white face fibers still intact are cotton fibers and were left alone in favor of the much preferred wool fibers.  Most of the time, the full extent of the moth damage to an area rug is not always known until after we clean the rug.  While some fibers may look like they weren’t nibbled on, the larvae may have actually nibbled at the base of the fibers and left it loose.  These loose fibers will come out in the cleaning.


The first thing you should do is bring your rug into us at Arizona Oriental.  Here, we will treat the rug to kill the moth infestation before thoroughly cleaning your rug.  We can also apply a WoolSafe moth repellant that helps protect your rug in the future.  This treatment is great for if you are planning on storing your rug or putting it back in a quiet place.

Taking extra precautions with your area rug when planning to store it
so that you can avoid unnecessary moth infestation and damage!

You should NEVER store a dirty area rug, especially one that is unprotected.  Before you put your Oriental or Persian rug away for storage, have us clean your rug and apply our protectant.  Having us wrap your rug in a breathable storage wrap will provide additional protection to your area rug that can really make a difference.

Don’t let your beloved area rug fall victim to killer moths!

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 Valley, Prescott, Sedona, 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 the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

Call us for more information on getting rid of moth infestation in your rugs and cleaning quotes at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). (05-16-17)

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