Mar 18, 2013
We get plenty of ‘phone calls form customers who are planning on replacing their moth-eaten carpets and want to know what’s best to avoid a repeat infestation – we thought a Blog post would help those in ‘research mode’, so, here goes:
We’d always recommend using the same Carpet Month Killer Kit that you’d be using if you were keeping your carpets, but slightly differently.
- Vacuum thoroughly all areas of the carpet being replaced, especially paying close attention to corners and along skirting boards using the fine nozzle on your vacuum cleaner – empty the cleaner, whether using bags or bag-less, outside the house to avoid the risk of spreading eggs and / or larvae
- Use the smoke fumigators to deal with the majority of residual larvae and any adults lurking in the room ready to lay eggs on your new carpet!
- Take up the old carpet (we’d recommend replacing the underlay too as it is likely to have deteriorated anyhow; in doing so, roll the carpet with the uppermost surface facing inwards and if at all possible cover the rolled up carpet in plastic when transporting it through the house, or if you do not have sufficient plastic to hand, keep the carpet tightly rolled to minimise the risk of distributing moth eggs through the house when taking it through the house
- Before the new carpet / underlay is laid, thoroughly vacuum again and spray the clear, non-staining and odourless protector spray along all edges of the floor in a 30cm wide strip. Allow to dry for 2 hours
- Apply the powder along the skirting boards, leave for a few hours, or overnight if possible and then vacuum up.
- Lay the new underlay / carpet and set up the moth trap(s) about 1 to 2 metres height – these will enable you to monitor for any adult moth activity and to control any potential new activity.
Please remember that any moth traps on the market only last 3 months, a necessary consequence of their need to emit the pheromones into the air around them to attract adult make moths and to help break the breeding cycle.
You will always be at risk of fresh moths ‘blowing in’, so please be ever vigilant with your new carpet freshly laid!
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