It’s Carpet Moth Season Again

This is the time of year when carpet moths show up in your home looking to snack on Oriental rugs.

The moths you would do well to worry about are tiny things, hardly noticable as they flutter about. Tineola Bisselliella, they’re called.

Carpet moths rarely cause trouble to rugs that are regularly walked on and vacuumed. So don’t worry needlessly.

On the other hand, they gravitate to dark, undisturbed places where they can eat in peace and often they cause really serious damage. They prefer rugs stored in places like basements and closets, but they will settle for Oriental rugs under sofas or beds or where rugs abut walls and are neither vacuumed or walked on and rarely disturbed. Often they chew away at the backs of rugs rather than their fronts.

Strangely, the carpet moth seems to prefer dirty rugs, often avoiding clean rugs.

If you’re interested in proactively protecting your rugs from moths, you might consider using pheromone carpet moth traps in your home.

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Up close and personal with the carpet moth, Tineola Bisselliella


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    Laura Joyce October 3, 2011

    I just discovered these moths have been having a feast in my dining room wool rug. We had noticed them flying around in another part of the house and bought a moth killer spray. Should I spray my rug? I admit we rarely use the dining room any more and I don’t clean in there under the table that often. Big mistake on my part, how do I keept them from completely destroying it?

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    Blair January 8, 2012

    please tell me is it better to remove all the old wool carpet we have in our new home as I have discovered a moth infestation. And we want to replace all the carpets in the future. Will it get rid of them if we remove it now.And will it be safer having floor boards in the mean time. Till we can replace for a nylon carpet. Please help us?????

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    Cath April 19, 2012

    How long do the grubs take to become a moth?

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    Sean McBride December 13, 2013

    So the moral of the story is to make sure your rugs are cleaned and vacuumed regularly, which also has the happy coincidence of prolonging the life of your rug, i.e., keep it in good condition and it will last for years.

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    Diane April 26, 2014

    I literally have an infestation … All my area rugs have been eaten with the dining room rug the worst… Like Laura I did not notice until I began cleaning for a dinner party. After that I upended all furniture in the entire house. I found hundreds of casings.. Fumigation is scheduled for May 5, 2014. In the meantime the situation is so disgusting that I am vacuuming every day. I’ve learned a sad lesson. Diane