How to Help Protect Rugs from Being Ruined By Moths

June 5th, 2017

At JMS Enterprises, we want homeowners to be aware that moths can do serious damage to a rug. Just a small infestation can escalate quickly and before you know it the entire rug is ruined. Probably the biggest reason that moth damage can be so extensive is that it frequently goes unnoticed for too long. A majority of people only begin to suspect an issue if they happen to come across a moth flying inside their house. By then, it’s too late.

If you see an adult moth flying inside your house, that means the larvae have already been there for a while, and that they may have already done some damage. For instance, larvae eat away at the material as they develop in the early stages. In fact, they feed on almost anything that they can including the fibers of a rug.

Fortunately, there are many easy precautions that you can take to protect your rugs from these insects and ideally, keep them out of your home altogether. The key thing to bear in mind is that moths can only thrive in dirty, dark places that go undisturbed. By keeping your home and its upholstery clean, they can’t survive. Here are some specifics you should attend to.

  • Have your air ducts professionally cleaned in the summer.
  • When storing winter clothing, thoroughly clean all materials before packing them away. The same also goes for bedding and any other fabrics that might be packed or stored for a long period of time.
  • Have your rugs professionally cleaned before you store them for any reason, regardless of how long it will be for.
  • Most importantly, vacuum the entire house regularly, and not just the floors. This includes curtains, couches, furniture, and more. Areas like these must be disturbed to deter the moths from nesting.

Staying mindful of these methods and more importantly, practicing them is an effective way of stopping moths from damaging your home. If you need professional cleaning services to prevent or eliminate moths from infesting your house, please contact JMS Enterprises. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 215-706-0188 or browse the rest of our website for more information.