We encounter two types of moths which damage Oriental and other wool rugs: The Case Making Clothes Moth (Tinea pellionella) and the Webbing Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella).
For a general information of both types go to Google where you will find pictures and more information. You may see small moths flitting about especially in spring and summer. Those moths that are attracted to light are not destructive to rug and textiles etc. It is the ones who fly quickly away from the light or crawl around on the floor which do damage. Detection of moth activity can be difficult as they tend to live under furniture or in dark places not frequented by the homeowner. Oftentimes it is only when a rug is taken up for cleaning that evidence is found. Small white silken trails or “cases” or areas where the wool has been eaten down, and small dark brown or black pellets. Monitoring with Pheromone traps is a very good and recommended way to see if you have activity in your home. The scents in these traps attract the male moths and when they land on the sticky glue inside the trap they are caught. Shop around for the Pheromone traps as prices can vary widely. The best time is spring and summer. We highly recommend this practice. After detection you can then plan to better inspect your rugs for infestation or damage. Then send them to us for a thorough cleaning and moth protection treatment.