Thursday, May 20, 2010

What type of Moth eats your Wool rug in Victoria BC?

There are two main types of moths that eat wool. Here in Victoria, BC we see the Clothes Case Making Moth. These moths leave their larva casings behind after they have turned into an adult moth. The casings look like flat pieces of rice and can be the same colour as the rug depending on what colour of wool they were eating.

The other main type of wool eating moth is the Webbing Moth. I have never seen evidence of the webbing moth in Victoria before this week.

This week we had 3x5 wool area rug come in from Toronto, ON Canada. The owner lives in Victoria and had it flown out here. It would have been easy for me to over look the evidence of the webbing but because I did months of research into moths I knew what to look for.

On the back of this rug it looked like weird dirt, for lack of a better word. Here is what the webbing moth leaves behind as it eats a wool rug.

As much as we would like to not think about moths damaging our rugs, it does happen. Here are a few things that you can do to help prevent a moth attack on your wool area rugs.

 Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your local rug cleaning expert, and moth hater in Victoria BC, Canada