Has anyone got rid of carpet moths successfully, and if so how?!(17 Posts)
We are infested with carpet moths - they are horrible! We moved into the flat about 8 months ago and obviously inherited them. Didn't notice them much over the winter (too busy giving birth...) but since the spring they are everywhere.
We have killed as many as we can see, have done a massive clean out (still going on) and found patches of eaten carpet in both bedrooms and hall/stairs. Living room and kitchen are bare boards, but we have seen plenty in both rooms too. I haven't noticed any on our clothes yet but we have not had a proper go through. Luckily I have a penchant for Primark/H&M so most of my stuff isn't natural fibres!
Weirdly I haven't actually seen the maggots but I am in no doubt they are there somewhere. The thought makes me feel sick. I have drenched the patches of bare carpet round the edges with lavender oil and also moth spray. We have 'fumigated' (using the spray) the rooms and are keeping up moving furniture, killing any we see and hoovering/cleaning like mad. They have definitely reduced but I'm sure they haven't gone.
Has anyone successfully got rid of them and if so, how?! Everything I have read makes me worried we will never get rid of them. I feel itchy all over and can't lie in bed without imagining them in my mattress or bedding. I'm also worried about my baby as I don't want her breathing in chemicals but nor do I want her playing on moth infested carpets...
I avoided the chemical route altogether with little ones in the house.
Pest Control Direct do some sticky sheet products which go in a little plastic triangular thing. You distribute them round the house and they give off a pheromone attracting the male moths. It takes a few weeks and each sheet lasts a couple of months / till it's full and then you have to change them but it breaks the breeding cycle eventually. You do need to leave them out several weeks after you think they've gone to to make sure you catch the next generation which hatches and then stop them breeding but it did seem to work. The plastic things are less than a quid each and the sticky sheets are a few quid for 10 so it's not hideously expensive. Do get enough sheets to do replacement cycles though. Oh and make sure you identify the right type of moth as the pheromones are species specific. They have a number on their website if you want to talk to them. HTH and good luck. I remember that creepy feeling but was relieved to get rid of them all without worry about the children getting chemicals all over their clothes / fingers.
Thank you! Yes I'm worried about the chemicals and DD so this sounds like a good route to go. Will get some pronto and get them set up. The moths are so horrible...
We had the carpets & underlay removed & replaced with one without wool. Drastic, perhaps, but the carpets had so many bare patches they needed changing anyway
Yes we are thinking of doing this too as the patches are horrible. What kind of carpets did you go for and are you happy with them? I've heard you hav to be careful about static with manmade fibres - not sure which is best kind of carpet to go for.
We have on-off infestations of clothes moths, so I feel your pain. Keep cleaning, hoovering and check all natural fibres.
Moths need moisture, so are attracted to wool especially, but also like other natural fibres, like fur and leather - I found an old skin drum which was crawling with moth maggots - eurgh!
Keep everywhere as clean as possible and hoover all crevices and keep turning out stuff in corners and boxes that you don't use everyday.
We went for manmade fibres on carpets. Don't seem to have a static problem.. but I would prefer my hair standing on end rather than moths!!
We got rid of wool carpets as just kept finding new patches.. horrible.
Still paranoid and would also recommend the sticky traps. [Nice and cheap if you avoid wool carpets.. bonus!].
lots and lots of frequent hoovering, especially round the edges, will reduce their numbers. A carpet shampoo will pick up some of the eggs. A steam cleaner will kills moths, eggs and larvae. However they are likely to be under the carpet, behind the skirting and under the floor, as well as behind and under furniture, so I really don't believe you can be rid of them without chemicals. They can come in on the fur of pets.
You are going to have to cut up and dump your old carpets sooner or later, so do it sooner. Look in the loft for old carpets, clothes or dead birds that they can live on as well. If you are buying new carpets get them treated with mothproofer before they are fitted. Use a rubber underlay rather than natural felt.
When I had moths, I went to the websites of specialist suppliers to find out what the chemical was, then searched to see what products were available. I think I found it was the same stuff as is sold as "ant and crawling insect killer" that leaves a film on hard surfaces rather than just killing then the day you spray, and is available as own-brands or Doff at low prices in places like Wilkinsons. But check for yourself. Leave bedrooms unoccupied for a couple of days after application to be on the safe side (so don't do all rooms the same day).
It will also be very expensive if you let them eat your clothes. Vac and wipe clean all wardrobes and drawers, and spray them. I now use hang-up mothproofers at the rate of one per half-cubic-metre. I'd also put clothes you are not wearing frequenty (holiday or winter clothes) in those big plastic crates, with a mothkiller in each, and the lid tightly closed. The modern mothkillers do not stink of camphor. mine have a slight lavender scent. Write the expriry date on them so you replace them on time.
Washing and tumbledrying kills the eggs, so do that before putting clothes away in their crates. You can tumbledry non-washable clothes and even furs if you have them.
Once you have an infestation, you have to work hard to clear it. Once you think it is gone, you can ease off and just put mothkillers in your drawers and wardrobes to prevent a recurrence.
They like soiled clothes better than clean ones, especially if they have been worn by women. I've heard single men living alone don't get moths.
Only thing that worked was getting rid of the carpets.
Sorry to bump an old thread but just wanted to ask about this. We have recently discovered carpet moth infestation in our flat. My flatmate got someone to come and check it out and quote for chemically treating it. The carpets are quite old and mangy as we inherited them from the previous people and we would be more than happy to get them ripped out, however if we just remove the carpets and get some other non carpet flooring e.g. get the wood floorboards polished up or somethng is that enough or do we still need some kind of chemical treatment too?!
the company we got in just treated the rooms where we had infestations. in the downstairs where the carpets were ripped up and replaced with hard wood floors they didn't bother doing anything. i guess you will need to watch your clothes though....i thought carpet moths just attacked carpets.....but i could be entirely wrong. i was told you couldn't see them fly, you just see the outer skins they shed.....look a bit like tiny grains of rice or scrunched up tissue
Would something like indorex spray work? It's marketed for fleas (we use it as preventative for house cats) but kills other insects too, and we don't even get spiders in the house now.
We had carpet beetle and sprayed with Mortein along the edges of every affected room. (Sure there's a UK version of this spray).
The we set off the bug bombs and ran out - think a slo-mo scene from "The Hurt Locker".
Should say the house was entirely empty of folk and furniture. No beetles back.
Nobody in this day and age has to be limited to chemicals there are organic alternatives.
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