Wool moths, clothing moths, carpet moths, whatever you call them, they are invasive, damaging creatures. Very small and hard to see, they are out there flying around and looking for a house with a ready food supply. Wool moths can cause a great deal of damage to a textile in a relatively short amount of time.
There are two types of wool moth. The web-bearing mother lay its eggs under a protective, sticky web-like substance, while the case-making moth lay its eggs inside a cocoon, or case, smaller than a grain of rice. In both cases, they lay their eggs right at a food source so that when the eggs hatch, the larvae don’t have to look far for nourishment.
The larvae eat a protein called keratin, which is found in the core of hair fibers. Rugs, sweaters, coats, even shed pet hair hiding under sofas, can be a veritable buffet for these pests! If you see wool moths flying around inside your home or closet they are likely mating and laying eggs causing a greater infestation.
Vacuuming them away will not necessarily remove the casings or unhatched eggs. You really do need a rug care professional to effectively and thorough contain this type of clean-up.
If you suspect a wool moth infestation in your home, no matter how small or large, contact a professional as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the infestation. They will inspect your rugs and textiles for you, safely remove any infected rugs for moth treatment and cleaning and make any further recommendations regarding repairs to your rugs or for general pest control so that your home is able to be returned to a healthy state quickly.