Whenever you notice that your carpet is beginning to bald, especially around your room’s edges, you could be having a moth infestation. Carpet moth infestation can be quite invasive and upsetting to any homeowner. However, with some level of patience and know-how, you’re able to make your home get its fresh moth-free smell once again. Before you undertake any cleaning method, it’s wise to ensure that you refer to the care guide of your carpet. Different carpet types and materials will react differently. So, it’s wise to check if the cleaning method you choose won’t cause any damages to your flooring. The following are the tips to help you get rid of moths in your carpets:
Identification of the problem
As usual, the very first step in saving your carpet from moths is identifying the problem. Typically, moths measure between 14 mm to 18 mm. They also have markings on them that are distinctive and can aid in identifying them. In a single year, the moths usually have several life cycles thereby leaving cocoons of silks in your home. The most damage caused by the pests is when they’re in the larval stage as they feed in readiness for their pupa stage. Alternatively, you’ll notice balding patches in the edges of the carpet.
Eradicating the moths from the carpet
To eradicate the moths from your carpets, you can use a combination of carpet shampoo and vacuuming. However, these methods aren’t capable of eradicating moths completely. So the sure way to remove moths from your carpet is to call in a professional. Any other methods like the ones mentioned above aren’t capable of completely removing all the four stages of moths. And if any of the stages aren’t dealt with, there’s surety of re-infection within your carpet. So, going to a professional is the only sure way that you’ve completely eradicated the pests and there’s no chance of reinfection in the near future. This saves you a lot of money and problems in the future.
The moment when your carpet has been treated well and there’s no risk of reinfection because it’s completely free from any stage of the moths, your focus should shift to ensure the carpets has plenty of life left in it and to restore as much life back into the carpet as possible.
It’s recommended that you use a high powered vacuum and a vax cleaner to ensure any dirt is removed from the carpet. Ensure that the cleaner is neither full nor clogged before you start. You should also keep checking it as you proceed. Starting out, thoroughly vacuum all areas that are carpeted, animal skins, upholstery, furs, any crevices and rugs. Focus on crevices, under furniture, beds, rugs, cupboards or corners.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
A combination of white vinegar and baking soda is a great home remedy that’s cost-effective for carpet refreshing. Further, it also helps to remove any stains or spots from the carpet. Over the entire surface of your floor sprinkle the baking powder generously and then work it with a stiff brush. This will help remove and prevent odours from your carpets as well. For the night, leave the baking soda and then vacuum it the next morning. After that, mix water and white vinegar in the ratio of 1:1 and spray it over the area that had baking powder. Leave the windows open for a few hours so that the smell of vinegar can dissipate. This leaves your carpets fluffy and fresh.
After ensuring that your carpets look new and fresh again, you need to find a way of protecting them against pest damage and re-infestation. Air your home often and treat any animal skins, fur and any other fabrics are preserved and treated.