What are Carpet moths?

Carpet moths, also known as textile moths or clothing moths, are a common type of moth that can cause damage to various types of fabrics, including carpets, clothing, and upholstery. These moths belong to the family Tineidae and are small in size, typically measuring between 6 and 8 millimetres in length.

Carpet moths can be found in most parts of the world and are typically active at night, preferring to lay their eggs in dark, undisturbed areas. The larvae, which are the most destructive stage of the moth’s life cycle, feed on natural fibres like wool, silk, and cashmere, often causing significant damage to carpets, clothing, and other textile items.

The larvae of carpet moths are particularly attracted to areas where there is a buildup of dirt, dust, and other debris. This is because these areas provide a good source of food for the larvae, as well as protection from predators and other environmental factors. As such, it is important to keep carpets and other textile items clean and well-maintained to reduce the risk of infestation.

To prevent or control an infestation of carpet moths, there are a few steps that can be taken. First, it is important to regularly vacuum carpets and upholstery, paying particular attention to areas where the moths are most likely to lay their eggs, such as along baseboards and in corners. It is also recommended to wash any clothing or other textiles that may have come into contact with the moths, using hot water and a detergent that contains enzymes that can break down the larvae’s food source.

In addition to cleaning, there are a few other steps that can be taken to prevent or control an infestation of carpet moths. These include storing woollen or silk items in airtight containers or bags, regularly inspecting carpets and other textile items for signs of damage or infestation, and using pheromone traps to capture adult moths and prevent them from reproducing.

In summary, carpet moths are a common type of moth that can cause significant damage to carpets, clothing, and other textile items. To prevent or control an infestation, it is important to keep carpets and other textiles clean, regularly inspect for signs of damage, and use a combination of cleaning and prevention techniques to keep these pests at bay.

How do I get rid of Carpet moths?

Carpet moths can be a nuisance and can cause damage to your carpet and other fabrics in your home. Here are some steps you can take to get rid of carpet moths:

  1. Identify the problem: Look for signs of infestation, such as small holes or damage to carpet or fabric, webbing, and small silvery or cream-coloured moths flying around.

  2. Vacuum thoroughly: Vacuum all carpets, rugs, upholstery, and curtains. Pay particular attention to areas under furniture, along baseboards, and in dark corners.

  3. Clean your carpets: Clean your carpets thoroughly with a carpet cleaner, focusing on areas where you have seen damage or where moths may have laid eggs.

  4. Freeze-infested items: If you have infested clothing or other fabric items that can be safely frozen, put them in a plastic bag and place them in the freezer for a few days to kill the eggs and larvae.

  5. Use moth repellents: Use moth repellents such as mothballs or cedar chips in drawers, closets, and other storage areas. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and keep them out of reach of children and pets.

  6. Seek professional help: If the infestation is severe, you may need to seek the help of a professional pest control company to help eliminate the problem.

  7. Prevent future infestations: To prevent future infestations, regularly clean and vacuum carpets, fabrics, and storage areas. Seal any cracks or gaps in walls or floors to prevent moths from entering your home.

By following these steps, you should be able to get rid of carpet moths and prevent future infestations.


How do you find carpet moths?

Carpet moths are typically small (around 1/2 inch in length) and often have a distinctive pattern of reddish-brown and cream-coloured wings. However, they spend most of their time in dark and hidden areas such as underneath furniture, in closets, or in the corners of rooms, making them difficult to spot.

Here are some signs that you may have a carpet moth infestation:

  1. Damage to carpet or clothing: Carpet moths feed on natural fibres such as wool, silk, and cotton, and can cause significant damage to carpets, clothing, and other textiles. Look for small holes or bare patches in your carpets or clothing.

  2. Shed skins and webbing: Carpet moths go through a complete metamorphosis, which means that they shed their skins as they grow. Look for small, transparent skins or pieces of webbing in the corners of rooms or underneath furniture.

  3. Adult moths: If you see adult moths flying around your home, particularly in the evening or early morning, it may be a sign that you have a carpet moth infestation.

If you suspect that you have a carpet moth infestation, it’s important to act quickly to prevent further damage. Consider contacting a pest control professional for help in identifying and treating the infestation.


Sara Walker
Sara Walker
Highly recommend V & A Carpets When looking for a Carpet Shop in Trowbridge. It was all Fantastic! The house has a whole new feel to it now. Thank you so much for all your help.
Kevin Lamb
Kevin Lamb
Many thanks to V and A Flooring for a very friendly and professional service. From our first visit to the showroom through to carpet selection, measuring and final fitting, all aspects of the job went very well indeed and ran smoothly. We are delighted with the finished job. We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again and happily recommend their services. Vicky and Alex gave good advice and valued guidance at all times.
John Matthews
John Matthews
From start to finish V & A we’re extremely helpful and professional, there choice of flooring was fantastic and good quality. I certainly won’t be going anywhere else. A great carpet company you can trust.
Debbie Joyce
Debbie Joyce
V&A Carpets have been fantastic from start to finish, from choosing carpets to fitting. We had a large renovation project and we had to move fitting dates several times and added carpets to our order, and generally moved things around, Alex and Vicky were great about all this and really helpful and unflappable with all my last minute changes and our house now looks stunning definitely 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Chris Davidson
Chris Davidson
Can’t recommend highly enough. Provided a really helpful service with choosing the flooring and received samples within a couple of days. Kept in contact throughout the process and couldn’t do enough to help. Fitters were brilliant, really good guys and finished in half a day. Went above and beyond to help. I’ll be using V&A again without doubt.
Laura M
Laura M
I have had 3 carpet quotes recently and none compared to V & A Carpets. Their knowledge, sound advice and professionalism shone through. They arrived on time with a wide range of samples including underlay. They advised on a type of carpet to have by my front door to further protect my carpet. The carpet samples themselves were of a higher quality than the other 2 companies. 5 star service.
Brian Hobday
Brian Hobday
Great service and excellent price. Vicky and Alex were a pleasure to deal with and the fitters were excellent. Would definitely use V&A Carpets again. Thanks again Brian & Adrienne Hobday
Kirsty Gould
Kirsty Gould
Really happy with the all round service. From measuring to visiting the delightful showroom, the appointments were easy to book online. The carpets are amazing, so soft and comfortable. Thank you V & A.
Dominick Janes
Dominick Janes
We had our entire house carpeted by V&A Carpets as well as Luxury Vinyl Tiles for our hallway and kitchen/Utility. The quality of the carper and LVT is absolutely fantastic. With the kids running round all the time we are really happy with the investment. We returned to V&A for our front door and rear Mats which were fantastic also. Would definitely recommend V@A, a great local business.
Neil Hussey
Neil Hussey
Alex has been excellent in providing advice on the right flooring and then helping me find matches to bring ideas to life in his extensive showroom. Personable and helpful, he’s been very helpful with securing stock and working dates around my completion date to get everything sorted pre Christmas. In a challenging time for all, this has been one of my easiest tasks for my new house. Very grateful. Would recommend as far better than chain stores who’ve no interest in the more personal elements of what you need.

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