Help! Something is Eating My Rug!

In an ideal world, our beautiful rugs would remain in pristine condition as the centre pieces of the rooms they were purchased for. In my last blog, I wrote about how proper vacuuming and professional cleaning can help achieve that goal. However, what is a piece of art to us, can be just another item on the menu for moths and other bugs. As a result, we need to be proactive to ensure that our rugs remain free from the destructive impact of bug infestation. These two videos will help you to identify moth and other bug activity, as well as outlining both preventative and responsive measures. They are a quick watch, and I do think a worthwhile investment of your time.



In Summary:

        Look at the underside of the rug for signs of moth larvae (white, sticky, lint-like substance).

        Look for areas on the face of the rug where the wool pile has been eaten away, leaving bare spots or divots. Clear examples of both scenarios can be seen in the video.

        Regular vacuuming, especially under furniture, will disturb bugs and make it far less likely for a bug infestation to develop.

        Moth repellant solutions can be applied to your rug that will cause the fibres to “taste bad”.

        Stored rugs are particularly susceptible to bug infestations. Proper washing and bug treatments are essential to ensure their protection.

        Finally, the microscopic eggs that can remain dormant in your rugs can only be removed by washing them. The deep cleansing process flushes right down to the backing of the rug, evicting the eggs from their hiding places.

Bug infestations are more common than you think and so we do need to pre-empt them by following these simple procedures. Contact us today if you’d like us to help!

Thanks for reading and reach out if you have any questions!

Mike Holmes