Moth Damage to Oriental and Area Rugs

Rugs are an excellent addition to any home, providing comfort, soft floors and also great insulation during the colder months. Rugs are functional and great in any room, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the living room; rugs provide great comfort and floor protection. If properly cared for, rugs can last a life time, which is great because rugs can be very expensive, especially if it is a larger rug that is used in a bigger living area. If you have spent a considerable amount of money on a rug that is in your home, then it is important to take every precaution to protect your rug and make it last as long as possible.

Moths Destroy Rugs

One of rugs biggest enemies is the moth, especially living in Las Vegas where the warm weather has been bringing out the bugs out in droves! Not only do moths destroy clothes and curtains, they can also shorten the life of your rug if you are unaware they are present or neglect to do anything about it. Summer heat helps to increase moth population while having our windows open encourages the moths to come into our homes. This gives them easy access to our clothing and other materials they enjoy eating. If left untreated, the moth larvae can do hundreds of pounds worth of damage to clothing, carpets and other furnishings. Moths prefer high quality natural fibers rather than synthetic materials.

Minimizing Moth Damage to Rugs

A moth’s life cycle lasts from fifty five to ninety days and so it is important to thoroughly clean your home on a regular basis to get rid of the presence of moths. Vacuuming is a great help when eliminating the presence of moths that are residing inside of your home. Sucking up their larvae that is eating away at your rugs will help protect the life of your rugs and eliminate future damage. The scent of lavender has also proven to be a great deterrent to moths. So lavender your house up and make the fragrance prominent in rooms that is home to your valuables like rugs, soft furnishings and curtains.

Avoiding Moth Infestations in your Rugs

Another great way to avoid a moth infestation is to put your clothes away immediately after they are cleaned. Moths gravitate to dirt and grime because it provides more nutrients for the moths to consume. In reading this statement it is easy to see how clean carpets offer less appeal to hungry moths. Just like having a moth proof closet or storage area will prevent any unwanted holes and fabric deterioration in your clothing, clean carpets, rugs, drapery and upholstery help to prevent any deterioration of your flooring and furnishings. Moths will wreak havoc on your fabrics if you do not take the initiative and protect your belongings properly. If you have rugs that have been damaged from moths, contact Direct Carpet Cleaners for proper rug repair and restoration.

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