No moths in your carpet!
The magic words: vacuum and polypropylene
Carpets and moths – the lowdown
Moths ate their way through clothes, carpets and curtains in record numbers in 2017 and look set to continue in similar style this year.
Moths’ caterpillar larvae feed on protein found in natural materials such as wool, silk, and fur, and rough edged holes in clothing or bare patches appearing on carpets and rugs indicate an infestation is underway.
Moths are more prevalent in the south of the UK where it’s warmer, and they tend to produce in spring hence the proverbial “spring cleaning”. From time to time we are presented with evidence of moth infestation, see charming close up! And it’s a horrible job, to have to take up a moth ridden carpet!
In case you’re fascinated… female carpet moths can lay hundreds of eggs during their short lifespan of approximately two weeks. The eggs will be laid in dark undisturbed areas, like under rugs or furniture and towards the edges of fitted carpet. The eggs typically hatch within ten days. The larvae will happily feast on your carpets and clothes for many months. The moth larvae digest a protein called Keratin, which is found in wool. While the larvae remains undisturbed with a constant food source, they can live up to three years before developing into adults. The adults will then lay more eggs and the cycle starts all over again. Adults do not eat wool – it’s the carpet moth larvae that cause the damage.
Prevention is the best cure
Moth infestations are notoriously challenging to deal with once established, because hiding places are many especially in bedrooms with wardrobes and chests of drawers full of “stuff” and, believe it or not, moths love the inside of horsehair mattresses!
A good way to discourage moths in the first place is to ventilate rooms and let in as much daylight as possible. Also, pull furniture away from walls to vacuum underneath, concentrating on the edges of carpets near the skirting boards. Vacuum both the front and the backs of rugs regularly.
You’ll find more useful tips on this website https://www.mothprevention.com
Moths don’t like polypropylene
The most practical way to avoid the problem is to cut down the choice of moth habitats you offer in your home.
And if you choose one of the modern carpet materials you’ll be taking a big positive step, because moths hate polypropylene – they are unable to eat much of it at all, and provided no other sustenance is available they will eventually die out due to starvation.
Polypropylene has lots of benefits and is great value
More and more people are choosing polypropylene for lots of other good reasons too like being hard wearing, easy to clean after spills and stains, and coming in a multitude of colour choices.
Buying polypropylene might make sense to your wallet too but it’s definitely not about buying a “cheap” carpet, it’s about what’s better long term for your space. And with new polypropylene ranges coming out all the time like our fantastic exclusive Greendale editions, you’ll be spoiled for choice and get excellent value too.
For those for whom nothing but wool will do…
…we can help you choose a wool carpet which has been pre-treated for moths. Come and see our fabulous Ulster ranges.
If you’d prefer to avoid carpet altogether…
…you’ll be impressed by the quality of our ranges of top quality vinyls.
Call or call in to John Cooper Carpets…
…for our renowned combination of free parking right outside the door, friendly atmosphere with absence of corporate clipboards, easy to browse display of all our ranges, a sit down on our comfy sofa with a cup of coffee, samples which you are welcome to borrow free of charge, expert advice and expertise on hand on all aspects of floor coverings and fittings, and finally all round great value prices!
We’re open Mondays to Fridays 9am – 4pm. But if Saturday’s your best day we are happy to open up on request – email or call us to make an appointment and you’ll effectively get a private viewing!