In Missouri, the fabric-destroying pests we deal with most are carpet beetles and clothes moths. When they get into a home, they can do quite a bit of damage. Worse still, they are indiscriminate about the items they feed on. They don't know the difference between a worn t-shirt and a wedding dress passed down from generation to generation. Here are a few things everyone should know about these two insects.
When carpet beetles get into a home, they don't generally eat carpets. This may sound strange, but modern carpets are usually made of synthetic materials which are not interesting to carpet beetles. These insects will look for wool, leather, fur, silk, hair, and other natural fibers within your home. If you have silk sheets on your bed, you're likely to have carpet beetles cozy up with you. Not only are they attracted to natural fibers, they are drawn to items that have sweat or oils from our skin on them. The larvae of these insects do the most damage. Contact with larvae can also cause some people to develop bumps and rashes on their skin. This has led some people to mistake a carpet beetle infestation for a bed bug infestation.
If you see a moth in your home, it is important to take note of where you see it. Clothes moths are not attracted to light. They prefer to be in dark locations. If you see moths in dark locations, they are not the threat; they are the warning sign. Clothes moths don't eat your clothes. It is the larvae of the clothes moth that do the damage. So you have to do more than just remove the moths you find.
There are some practical measures that can be taken to resist these insects, such as cleaning fabrics, routine vacuuming, moving furniture to increase foot traffic in undisturbed locations, and sealing stored fabrics in sealed totes. But eliminating fabric-destroying pests is best done by a professional. Pest control professionals use products and methods that work to control these pests and monitor for their presence after treatments have been done. If you have treasured keepsakes that are made of natural fibers, you shouldn't trust the protection of these items to DIY methods.
At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we make the first step toward eliminating destructive pests easy by offering a free evaluation. If you live in Springfield, or somewhere else in our Missouri surface area, Give us a call to get started.