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How do I recognize a moth infestation?

Moths can be a real trouble, especially if they are not discovered early on as they can make a lot of damage. Female moths lay hundreds of tiny eggs each, and the eggs hatch into larvae that consume wool, fur, feather, silk and other fibers. Moths and their larvae thrive in dark, undisturbed areas such as cupboards dark corners and under furniture, where a rug gets little traffic and is not often vacuumed.

Moth larva leaves a cobweb-like veil in the area of the damage, along with fine, sand-like debris. Sign to look out for:

  • Adult flying moths
  • Bare spots in the carpet pile, as larva might prefer a certain fiber or color, a carpet will show “bald patches” when infested with larva
  • Webs – White webs on the carpet may be found in serious cases of moth infestation
  • Cocoons – they are very hard to spot, but they are a sure sign of moth trouble
  • Larva in the pile
  • Sand like debris, left over by the larva
  • Broken pile

If any of these signs appear call a cleaning service immediately!

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