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How to Tell if There is a Moth Infestation on Your Area Rug!


How to Tell if There is a Moth Infestation on Your Area Rug!

Hi folks, Ruthie here again with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott, AZ! I wanted to share this video with you all of a rug we had in our shop recently that has experienced a very unfortunate and serious moth infestation.

As you can see in the video, it's pretty clear that there is a major infestation in this rug. However, it's not always completely noticeable.  So how can you tell if there is a moth infestation in your rug?

The first indication of a moth infestation in your home is seeing adult moths in your home. If you see lots of adult moths, that likely means you have a bad infestation.

Another indication is seeing loose fibers lying on top of your rug and lots of them.  You can see in the video that the wool fibers have been eaten away - that is what the larvae eat, the knots of the wool fibers of your area rug.  They’ll leave the cotton foundation fibers and accents alone because it’s not anywhere close to what they want when it comes to food.

If you vacuum your rug and notice that there are chunks (big or small) of fiber missing from your rug, you DEFINITELY have a moth problem!

The third indication of a moth infestation is the one most noticeable in the rug here in the video - larva!  These little white larvae are especially noticeable on darker rugs, where they really stand out.

It’s important to remember that moths are attracted to area rugs that are in places where they won’t be disturbed - quiet, dark areas of your home like the garage, under the bed, the attic, even hanging on your wall!  This is why it’s SO CRITICAL TO PROPERLY STORE YOUR AREA RUGS.

If you have a moth infestation on your area rug, give Arizona Oriental a call today!  We can treat your rug to kill the infestation before cleaning it. After we clean it, we can assess any damage for the possibility of repair (sometimes the damage is too extensive to repair…) and we can also treat your rug before it goes back to its home (and even wrap your rug for storage if need be).

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.

Want to know more about moth infestations in area rugs? Give us a call and get a free estimate 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). 7-26-2018

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