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PHOTOS: Beware Killer Moths When You Store Your Area Rugs! – Sedona AZ

PHOTOS: Beware Killer Moths When You Store Your Area Rugs! – Sedona AZ

Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in Prescott AZ and today I wanted to take a moment and share a few photos of a rug that came into us recently that was the unfortunate victim of a moth infestation.  Our client brought this beautiful runner back with him from his time in the Middle East.  The rug was left in a back room of his home that didn’t see a whole lot of traffic.

Unfortunately, moths LOVE wool area rugs that are in quiet, undisturbed areas.  This can be under a bed, in a closet or garage, even hanging on your wall!  Moths are looking for anywhere they can lay their eggs and their larvae can go through their life cycles in peace while nibbling away at the tasty wool fibers of your area rugs.


These photos show some of the damages to the area rug and what it looked like before and after cleaning.  As you can see, the moths only ate away at the wool fibers, not the cotton foundation or the cotton in the design of the rug.  Sometimes the full extent of the damage is not always known until after we clean the area rug.  Some fibers may appear in tact but are actually loose because the larvae ate the base of the fiber, not the whole thing.

If you have an area rug that will be going into an area of your home that is seldom used, it’s really important that you take the steps to protect your rug before it falls victim to a moth infestation!  Taking the extra precautions to start with will help prevent you a lot of grief over moth damage to your rugs in the future.

The first thing you should do is bring your rug into Arizona Oriental and have us thoroughly clean your rug and apply a WoolSafe moth prevention treatment.  This treatment is odorless and colorless but makes the wool taste yucky to moths so they will look elsewhere to lay their eggs.  NEVER store a dirty area rug, especially one that is unprotected.  We also recommend having us wrap your wool area rugs with a breathable storage wrap for additional protection before they go into storage.

Don’t let your beloved area rug fall victim to killer moths!
Give us a call today for help taking care of your area rug!

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 Sedona, Prescott, Prescott Valley, 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). (05-08-17)

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