Textile Pests Textile Pests
Are characterised by the ability to digest the protein keratin which is found in hair, feathers, cotton, wool, silk and fur. The most common textile pests are the common clothes moth, brown house moth, fur beetle and varied carpet beetle. It is generally the larva that do the damage to carpets, clothes and curtains before pupating into adulthood. These insect pests are also associated with birds nests so the source may well be in the attic space which involves fumigation and the removal of the old nest.
Treatments within the property involve spraying particularly airing cupboards, edges of carpets (these insects favour areas of low activity as in the very edge of rooms where humans rarely tread). In extreme cases of heavy infestation an ultra low volume machine with the appropriate insecticide should be employed.