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Carpet Pests

What’s Eating Your Carpet?

Carpet pests devour carpets, strand by strand!

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)

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The Varied Carpet Beetle is a common textile pest in Bristol

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)

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A carpet moth larvae hidden inside a silken case.

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)

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The common clothes moth is golden in colour!

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.

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Clothes Moths

Bristol Clothes Moth Treatment

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Clothes moths are golden in colour!

Clothes Moths In Bristol

Clothes moths are not the most exotic of insects, especially as they are native. The adult moths often enter homes through vents and open windows. Scents or pheromones appear to attract these common nuisance moths into homes. Once inside, moths mate, laying eggs in among the textile fibres of carpets, rugs and other animal fibre clothing.

Brown House Moths

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White Shoulder Moths

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Indianmeal Moths

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Carpet Beetles

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Environment & Climate Change

Environmental Policy Statement

Revised March 2020

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PestBristol – Environmental Policy

Bristol Pest Control with PestBristol & WaspKill UK Pest Control are Businesses serving both individuals and other businesses in the United Kingdom.

We operate an Environmental Management System (EMS) to assure itself of its conformance with this stated Environmental Policy and to provide a framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives.

It is our policy to establish, maintain and improve an effective Environmental Management System that meets or exceeds the requirements of ISO 14001.

As part of these aims, we are committed to reducing the direct environmental impacts of our operations. We conduct our own activities and operations to reflect best environmental practice and have implemented an environmental management system to pursue sustainability, to work within current and future legal requirements and regulations and the prevention of pollution.

We will review our operations regularly to follow a path of continual improvement in our environmental performance.

Service Delivery – As a specialist in Pest Control & Environmental Control we routinely advise clients on efficient and sustainable use of water, energy and other raw materials with respect to their operations and the full life-cycle of their products, together with their responsibilities with regard to preventing pollution and compliance with all areas of environmental legislation.

All sub-contractors are required to minimise their impact on the environment and to clean up and tidy any site on completion. For example, bio-degradable cleaning agents are specified where feasible and all hazardous materials are handled and disposed of appropriately.

Bristol Pest Control and our sub-contractors comply with all relevant environmental legislation in undertaking our work and are required to obtain appropriate consents or licences from the Environment Agency or other relevant bodies.

Transport – Use of non-car transport is encouraged, with many of our staff using alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport for travelling to work. Public transport is encouraged for off-site travel where feasible except where out of hours services are delivered. Visitors are routinely made aware of public transport links. Where car transport is necessary, staff are encouraged to share and choose fuel-efficient vehicles.

Energy use – The use of energy for lighting and heating is regularly audited. We have a policy of switching off all lights and electronic equipment when not in use, and particularly at evenings and weekends – including computers, printers and photocopiers. All heating is thermostatically controlled and set to switch off at non-peak times.

Communications/paper use – The majority of non-telephone communication is via e-mail. All internal memos and messages are issued electronically. Staff are encouraged to minimise printing off hard copies, and printing in duplex where possible. These policies reduce the use of paper and of post-related transport.

Recycling – All waste paper, old magazines and printer toner cartridges are sent for recycling. Metal cans, plastic bottles and used batteries are also collected for recycling.

Suppliers – Wherever possible supplies and materials are sourced locally to minimise transport impacts and support the local economy.

We measure our carbon footprint and, following actions to reduce this to a minimum, offsets any remaining footprint through the Converging World carbon offset programme.

Individual responsibility – Environmental protection and waste minimisation is the responsibility of every employee.

The very nature of activities undertaken by Bristol Pest Control is based around a complex variety of environments. RatsGone places particular emphasis on minimising its waste and wherever possible this waste will be recycled.

Bristol Pest Control is firmly committed to protecting the global environment and tackling climate change by the control of its office environment and in the use of materials and utilities over which it has control or influence.

Bristol Pest Control will reduce its impact on the environment by employing dedicated personnel with appropriate experience and training and by ensuring that all its activities meet its environmental requirement. The Environmental Manual explains the adopted policies and procedures for minimising its impacts on the environment. Environmental objectives are regularly established, published, monitored and reviewed.

This Environmental Management System is under the control of the CEO. The CEO has the authority to implement and maintain the system and change any procedures, if necessary, to maintain and improve the PestBristol policy of protecting the environment that it can control.

The Management and staff are fully committed to the maintenance, review and improvement of the Businesses Environmental Management System.

Together We Will Combat Climate Change!

This policy statement is available on the Bristol Pest Control website.

Issued and approved by the CEO.

Simon Berenyi


Environmental & Climate Change Resources

DEFRA – UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017

Climate-smart pest management