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Pests Eating Your Carpets or Rugs? Hereford We’ve Got it Covered!

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

Carpet Beetle larvae beats the clothes moth as the main British textile pest.

IF you’re experiencing problems with Carpet pests give PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford for advice and solutions now.


Causes of Carpet Moth

  • People are using less man-made products due to their impact on the environment. During the 1970s moths were less of a problem due to the use of polyester and nylon products however, people are now returning to using natural fibres such as wool carpets which is a breeding ground for moth

  • Pre-pandemic frequent travel and import of goods from around the world caused an increase in the transport of pests

  • With milder climates and concerns over cost, there is less use of central heating which creates an improved condition for the brown house moth. An improved climate is also better for the common clothes moth

  • Spotting a moth problem

  • Most common signs are damage to fabrics and textiles, such as holes in clothes, carpets, rugs, curtains etc.

  • You may also see small maggot like larvae, silken cases in which the larvae live, pupae (the silk cocoons from which the adults will eventually emerge)

  • Adult winged moths may also be seen although they tend to crawl rather than fly

Preventing a Moth Infestation

Although this can be difficult, there are some practical measures you can take to try to prevent a moth infestation such as:

PGM & SON; Preventing a moth infestation
  • Denying entry to the property using fly screens, curtains and sealed doors.

  • Keep rarely used fabrics and textiles in sealed plastic bags (time to store the wedding dress!) or suitcases.

  • Regularly clean your natural fibre clothes by shaking them thoroughly, washing them on the highest temperature the manufacturers’ guidelines will allow or (certainly for silk products) freezing them.

  • Hoovering regularly; reaching all those hard to reach or hidden areas such as underneath the sofa and beds. Removing moth eggs before they hatch is key.

  • Check your loft for birds’ nests and remove them as moths are attracted to nests.

  • Use moth repellents, for example, hang moth balls in your wardrobes, cupboards and drawers.

  • Ensure your vintage clothes are properly dry cleaned.

  • Keep an eye out for signs of moths – early intervention is always key.


If you’ve spotted the sign of a moth infestation, give us a call at

We’ll deal with your moth problem for you

Call us on 01981 241 334 or 07964 370480

Or, drop us an email at

PGM & SON; Carpet Moths eating your carpet or rugs?

PGM & Son Pest Control is a local Hereford based family run pest control firm.

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Call us today – you won’t be disappointed.

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