What’s Eating Your Carpet?
Carpet Pests Include Carpet Beetles, Carpet Moths and Clothes Moths. Textiles made of many different products that come from animals contain a key ingredient or protein called Keratin. The larvae of carpet pests are able to consume and digest keratin, specifically Alpha-keratin found in and on mammals.
Carpet Beetles (Anthrenus verbasci)
These small, common carpet beetles are zero risk to your textiles, but left unchecked, their larvae will quickly destroy textiles. The best place to spot these insects is on your window sill. Ultraviolet light from the sun attracts the adult beetles to windows where they quickly dehydrate and die. Their distinctive, mottled, ladybird appearance helps spot them easily. Because the beetles and the larvae are often found around beds, these insects will often be misidentified as Bedbugs!
Carpet Moths (Tinea pellionella)
Common Carpet moths, or case-bearing carpet moths develop in the obscurity of dark corners. Places beneath large or immovable items of furniture are perfect for moth larvae. Once you move furniture – entire areas of carpet can literally disappear in a ball of left over fluff and insect faeces into your vacuum!
Clothes Moths (Tineola bisselliella)
Millions of people worldwide are well acquainted with this metallic gold coloured moth. You can find the adult moths beneath beds, wardrobes, sofas and many other dusty places. In addition, these larvae thrive within silken tunnels woven on and through your rugs and carpets. Therefore, clothes moth larvae will sometimes appear in amongst the bare carpet fibres as tiny white grubs or maggots. Discovering milky white larvae often causes distress and unease in those discovering them. However, none of the carpet pests listed, have the ability to bite. Above all, no textile pest in Bristol or the British isles is considered as medically important to human health.