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Tapestry Carpet Moths

The Tapestry Carpet Moth (Trichophaga Tapetzella)

Identifying Tapestry Carpet Moths
  • The Tapestry Carpet Moth is quite small with their wingspan measuring around 14-19mm.
  • These carpet moths will generally hop around on the floor and is rarely seen flying.
  • The adult moths can be identified by their two-coloured wings - black towards the head and irredescent white behind.
  • Adults are generally found in summer months, May - August.

General Characteristics

 The Tapestry Carpet Moth (Trichophaga tapetzella) is most commonly found in summer months; however, with the advancements in insulation and central heating, moth infestations can now occur all year round.  

Keratin is their primary food source and can be found in animal skin, birds’ nests, fur, clothing and carpets, making homes a perfect breeding ground for carpet moths and their eggs and larvae. T It’s quite common to find larvae the same colour as your carpet as they will have eaten the dyed fibres within the carpet turning their colour identical to your carpet. Generally, carpet moths prefer to lay their eggs in undisturbed, dark areas, leading to infestations originating under furniture, along skirting boards and behind curtains. Most adult moths on our planet do not feed at all, carpet moths are no different. It’s only the larvae stage of the life cycle that feeds, causing destruction wherever they go. With the primary food source of this type of moth being keratin, both carpet and clothes moths larvae will feed on carpets and vice versa. Also, treating carpet and clothes moths is a very similar method using the same insecticides. 
 

Life cycle of a Carpet Moth

Carpet moths can complete many lifecycles in a calendar year with females laying anywhere between 30 and 200 eggs at a time. The eggs will generally be laid in dark, cool areas in rugs, carpets and any other place where keratin is present. Normally they will dormant for roughly 10 days before hatching into the destructive larvae stage and sometimes can live for up to 2 years at this stage, often in cool winter months. 

The time scale of their development depends entirely upon their surroundings, so the humidity, heat, food source are all determents of the life span and cycle of a carpet moth.  In the hot, humid summer they will pupate within 8 weeks of hatching, 
resulting in numerous generations in a single summer, with larvae destroying carpets as they grow. Adult carpet moths live only to lay their eggs, so once they have done this they will usually die a short time after.

Identifying and treating a carpet moth infestation

Small, bare patches in carpets are a clear indication of carpet moths and their larvae being present. Without proper treatment with the correct chemicals the infestation will only get worse. Due to the sheer number of eggs an adult carpet moth can lay, infestations can quickly arise and can easily get out of control. In these instances a very thorough carpet moth treatment treatment is needed. Permetherin and Pyrethrum based fumigators are key, if you want to kill the adult moths. Our Pest Expert Formula 'P' Foggers and Pest Expert Formula 'P' Super Fumers contain the highest concentration of their relevant active ingredients meaning they are highly lethal to carpet moths. These fumigators are fantastic at killing at surface level but do not penetrate deep into carpets and rugs where moths may have laid eggs, so it is always advisable to use them as part of a strategy and not the full stragegy. So combining them with products such as Formula 'C' Carpet Moth Spray and Formula 'P' Carpet Moth Powder can help to penterate into areas the fumigator will not, also they will leave behind residual protection and help minimise the risk of re-infestation occuring. These products can be found in our Carpet Moth Treatment Kits.
 

 
Follow these simple steps to achieve complete Carpet Moth control:
 
1. Take children and/or pets out of the room prior to treatment. Cover or remove any fish tanks.

2. Apply
Formula 'P' Powder to affected areas and room edges. Leave for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming up. Be sure to keep pets and/or children away from treated area until dust has been removed. (If it can be tolerated, the Powder can be applied after Formula 'C' when surfaces are dry and left down for longer; however, we do not recommend this if you have young children and/or pets or if the powder is likely to be disturbed.)

3. Once the powder has been removed, apply
Formula 'C' Carpet Moth Spray to affected areas or the entire carpet if activity is widespread. Move any heavy furniture and spray beneath. A heavier application of spray should also be administered around the edges of the room (up to 50cm out from skirting boards/wall-floor junctions). This should save you the trouble of having to lift and treat beneath the edges of the carpet. A 1 litre container will treat approx 20 sq m.

4. If carpets are being discarded, once removed, liberally apply Formula ‘C’ and repeat process if infestation has been moderate to heavy.

5. Next, place the
Formula ‘P’ Fogger in the centre of the room to be treated. Activate the Fogger by pushing down on the trigger to lock into place. As the gas is released under high pressure, please hold the canister away from you when activating. The Fogger will take approx 90 seconds to release its contents. Each Fogger will treat a room of approx 4m x 4m. (Further info can be found by peeling back the canister label).

6. Close the room and allow 2-3 hours for surfaces to dry and for the gas to disperse. Upon re-entering the room, if possible ventilate by way of an open window to eliminate any related fumes, and help speed up the drying process.

7. To monitor activity after treatment install the moth trap(s) in the affected room(s). Fold the moth trap(s) into a toblerone shape and insert a pheremone pad into the trap, sticky side facing out. Replace the pad every 4-6 weeks.

8. Depending upon the degree of infestation, a second treatment may be necessary after 30 days.

 
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