I like to think of myself as someone who tries their best to discourage moths and other pests from setting up camp in my home. With lots of vintage clothing items stored away in my wardrobe, I’ve always been diligent, using cedar, rosemary and even hairspray to keep these dusty pests away from my fragile clothes. And it’s always worked. However, my emphasis on keeping my wardrobe moth-free left me vunerable to these pesky fabric fiends! Unbeknown to me, the moths has begun laying eggs in my carpet!
The other day I was cleaning my dining room and I noticed what looked like little grains of rice covering a patch of
threadbare carpet. But these grains of rice were moving! It turned out that they were moth larvae, little baby moth
sacks that had eaten away at my carpet.
Sadly, these greedy cocoons have ruined this area of my carpet. But to minimise the damage- to stop it spreading further
around my home – I’ve got a few tricks and tips that I hope will help you if you ever experience a moth larvae infestation!
So the first step is to vacuum the area thoroughly. These little moth babies will fight with your hoover to stay put
so I recommend vacuuming for a good while to really ensure they’re out of the area.
Step 1: Vacuum Thoroughly
So first step is to vacuum the area thoroughly. These little moth babies will fight with your hoover to stay put so I recommend vacuuming for a good while to really ensure they’re out of the area.
When you’re confident you’ve drawn in most of the larvae from the carpet, hold your vaccum pipe up and continue to vaccum to ensure these pests has been thoroughly drawn into the vacuum bag. Then: Get that vacuum bag out of your house immediately!!
Step 2: Pour Boiling Water Over the Infested Area
With boiling water, pour over the carpet until the area is saturated. These pests will not survive boiling water.
CAUTION: Make sure there are no electrical wires running underneath your floor. If that is the case, use a chemical disinfectant.
Step 3: Wet Dry Vaccum
This is not an essential step but I really think it’s best to clean the area with soapy water and then draw all that soapy
water out of the area.
If you follow these steps you’re carpet will be moth larvae free in now time. Just make sure you get the vacuum bag out of your home and use boiling water (or a chemical disinfectant) to ensure these ricey pests never return.
Soon I’ll show you how I repaired my carpet and other ways that you too can disguise moth larvae damage in your home.
Good luck and stay tuned!