Textile pests can be a significant threat to clothes; furnishings and especially textile collections. We recommend you use a pest control company such as Beaver Pest Control in London for an initial treatment and then we can advise you on how you can prevent future pest problems.There are numerous species of textile pests and these may be beetles or moths that can cause damage to natural fibres. Among the most common textile insects are clothes moth and house moths plus fur beetles or carpet beetles.
The adult textile moths and beetles lay eggs in dark undisturbed places and are attracted to substances that contain keratin because they are one of the very few insect pests that can digest this protein. Textile pests are especially drawn to fur, leather, wool and feathers (natural fibres). Damage can be extensive and once an infestation of moths or beetles is noticed care should be taken to isolate the infested products as far as is practicably possible.
Evidence of textile pests will include damage to materials, white pupae cocoons on the infested item, dead or live moths, beetles or larvae. it is the larvae that cause the damage. The source of the problem could be anything from an infested textile purchased second hand, a wasp or birds nest or just simply an open window.
You will need to positively identify the textile pest to assure that the right treatment is carried out. To do this you can describe the insect over the phone to Beaver Pest Control or send it to us in a non crush container. We can offer a free pest control quotation if required.
Once the type of pest has been determined the key to success is team work. Clothes and those items nearby need to be taken out of cupboards and wardrobes and ideally will need to be dry cleaned or washed at 60 degrees Celsius or above or alternatively frozen. All areas should then be vacuumed thoroughly before a residual insecticide is applied. People fail to achieve successful riddance of clothes moth and carpet beetles because they are not thorough enough and domestic products are generally not suitable for treating large areas.