While many textiles consist mostly of keratin which is indigestible to most animals, there are a few textile pests such as clothes moths and carpet beetles which are naturally specialized to be able to feed on these materials, as well as dangers from vermin such as rats or mice which might cause textile damage if they are attracted by stains or some other food source present. We cover all Manchester, Warrington, Cheshire and Liverpool.
Clothes moths can be hard to detect because, unlike most moths, they are not attracted to light, but prefer dark, hidden areas and can hide when threatened. More obvious signs of infestation include damaged fabric and the presence of larvae and their silken webs. Mothballs are not recommendable for treatment because they contain poisonous chemicals that can be harmful if ingested or inhaled, and can leave a foul odour or cause discoloration to clothing.
Carpet beetles are the largest group of textile pests to be concerned about. The adults feed on pollen and nectar and can be easily brought in from outside on clothes, gardening equipment, or cut flowers, or they can move into a house with inadequate screening during warm months. They hatch their young in dark, undisturbed places, which can then feed on various fabrics to cause a lot of textile damage. Signs of infestation include shed skins and small pellets left behind by larvae or adult beetles attracted to light sources and windows. They may also infest grain based food items in addition to textiles, and can feed on shed pet hair. We cover all Manchester, Warrington, Cheshire and Liverpool
Common Clothes Moth
Case-Bearing Clothes Moth
Brown House Moth
White Shouldered Moth
Varied Carpet Beetle