Though they lack the size and radioactive power of Mothra, carpet moths are real nightmares. They lay hundreds of eggs and eat carpet -- no matter how expensive -- like it's a bag of potato chips. They just can't get enough. So waste no time -- use the tips below to get rid of these destructive pests before they get rid of your carpet.
1. Ready the Battlefield
In order to eradicate carpet moths completely, you need to be prepared to wipe them out all at once. Otherwise, the survivors will simply multiply -- and the problem will start all over again.
So be ready by grabbing a tea kettle (or pot), a wet-dry vacuum, and insecticide spray. Additionally, you'll want to wash loose clothing and laundry, and place them in bags.
2. Hit the Source
Now that the battlefield is ready, it's time to begin your attack. You have to be thorough when battling carpet moths, and that means getting rid of the adult moths and their larvae.
Start by vacuuming your entire carpet several times. This will help to ensure that all of the moth eggs are removed.
Leave no furniture unturned. Carpet moths love to lay eggs under couches, ottomans, and similar structures. So move all furniture, and vacuum every square inch of the carpet.
After you're done vacuuming, dispose of the bag quickly. Otherwise, the larvae will gladly return to your carpet, starting the process all over again.
3. Unleash the Firepower
After vacuuming, it's time to pull out the big guns. Boil water in your tea kettle (or pot), and pour the steaming liquid in areas where the carpet is heavily infested.
Once you've saturated the area with boiling water, wait about 10 minutes, and then suck the water back out using the wet-dry vacuum.
Finally, spray the border around your carpet with insecticide. And don't forget to move furniture so you can spray behind it as well.
4. Call in Reinforcements
If your attack was successful, the carpet moths should be obliterated. However, heavy infestations may require more drastic measures performed by someone with extensive training. So if your attack fails, don't hesitate to call in a pest control technician, such as Choice Pest Control, who has more experience in the battlefield.
Now that you know how to fight carpet moths, don't waste any time. Save your carpet by removing the moths as soon as possible -- and don't forget that help is out there when you need it.