How to Treat Your Rugs For Moths

May 07, 2015

Rugs are frequently found to be the root cause of a carpet moth infestation. We bring rugs back from holiday destinations and we tend to inherit them. As such we can unknowingly find ourselves owning a rug with moths in it. ‘How to get rid of moths in rugs’ is a straight forward enough task, but rugs can be large & heavy, so sometimes it can be logistically challenging. Here are some helpful tips:

Step 1 - Get the Rug in Position:
- If possible get the rug out of your home and treat it elsewhere, i.e. a garage or other outbuilding. If that's not possible perhaps you have a ‘spare room’ that you can use. This will allow you to treat the rug with minimum disruption to the rest of the home, and it will allow you easier access to the underside of the rug as well as the topside
- If your rug is positioned on top of a carpet it makes sense to leave the rug in the room so that the carpet can be fumed as well. However, consider that the efficiency of the Fumer will be reduced where it needs to get through a rug to the carpet beneath. If possible lift any furniture off of the rug and then raise the rug off of the floor - draping the rug over an arrangement of dining chairs is very effective
- It is important to have easy access to the underside of a rug when treating it

Step 2 - Fume the Rug to Kill Moth Eggs & Larvae:
- The best way to treat a rug for moths is to Fume it. Fumers (smoke bombs) are the most aggressive form of treatment, yet they are very simple to use, require very little effort, and extremely cost effective
- Measure the room in which the rug is to be treated to ascertain the number of Fumers required. See our simple Fumer Guide
- Simply Fume and Ventilate the Room. The Fuming lasts for a minute or two, but the rug must stay in the smokey room for 4hrs before you then air the room for 2hrs

Step 3 - Spray the Rug for an Ongoing Attack on Moths:
- We recommend the use of either Natural Aerosol Protector or Protector C when spraying rugs. Both of these sprays leave a persistent coating that is odourless, non sticky, clear, and remains toxic to Moths, Larvae & Eggs for up to 4wks
- Spray the underside of the rug (and the carpet that will be concealed by the rug when it is repositioned)
- Allow the spray to dry and then put the rug back in place. You can now spray the topside of the rug and allow it to dry
- If your rug has some bald spots from where moths have previously attacked consider applying Insectrol Powder to the bald areas. The powder should remain in place for a minimum of 30 minutes (or for as long as a day) before vacuuming to remove. Please note that animals and children should not have access to Insectrol Powder

Step 4 - Ongoing Prevention:
- Check your rug daily for any fresh traces of damage or moth activity
- Vacuum Daily to start off with - this will make it easier to identify fresh activity 
- If after a week you see fresh activity you should consider repeating the fuming process 
- After 3-4wks repeat Step 3

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