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‘Tis the Season for Clothing Moths: Don’t Let Them Ruin Your Closet Contents & Carpeting

In our previous blog we mentioned WHY clothing moths can do expensive damage to the clothes and carpeting you have. They feed on keratin which is a common protein found in wool and other animal hair fabrics. They love rugs, upholstery, furs, animal bristles on brushes, felts inside pianos, and even the fish meal in fish food. All of their damage can be costly.

Now, there are other insects capable of damaging fabrics by chewing or shredding, but they do not have the ability to digest keratin. Silverfish, cockroaches, crickets, and earwigs fall into this category. However, they are not considered true fabric pests.

The most important fabric-destroying insects in the United States include two moths and four carpet beetles, although various other insect species may cause some damage occasionally or may be important locally. In recent years, there seems to have been an increase in carpet beetle problems throughout much of the United States, more so than clothes moth problems. The reasons for this resurgence are not clear. However, contributing factors probably include a trend in consumer preferences toward garments made of wool, silk, furs or feathers (and away from polyesters and other synthetics).

Damage by Clothes Moths may not be immediately evident, but the next time you take out that old winter coat you will know right away if these pests have found their way into your closet! The damage they leave behind is often hidden under collars and cuffs, in the crevices of upholstered furniture and in areas of carpeting covered by furniture and other stationary items. This is why, if you do come across such damages in your home, you should call the professionals at Eliminate’Em to eliminate them right away.

At Eliminate’Em Pest Control Services, LLC, we know how important it is to get fast, professional, courteous service and we are here to provide our customers just that. We have been family-owned and operated for over 20 years with experienced pest exterminators that will get the job done quickly.

Give us a call. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or, use our convenient online form to make Clothes Moths a thing of the past.