We were cleaning up Monday after Sunday's party. I noticed an abundance of those little gray-brown moths around. I have been seeing then all over lately in much greater numbers than usual.
I said something to Tom about them, and he said "Oh yes, I think I noticed something I should show you." Tom is the one who does the vacuuming and he had noticed some damage on the edge of the area rug in the living room.
Well, when we actually got to looking we were horrified! Moving a love seat off the edge of the rug, we saw large areas of damage, lots of moths, and even more little white worms - carpet moth larva.
While Tom got the vacuum out to go after them, I got on line to see what to do. There were suggestions like vacuuming then pouring boiling water on the infected areas. spraying with an insecticide, putting the rug in the freezer, and putting it out in the hot sun.
When Tom finished vacuuming, I went back and still saw larva crawling out of the carpet. We figured we had two priorities: don't damage the new hardwood floors with water or spray, and get the thing outside before we tried anything else.
This is a lovely old 9 x 12 Oriental style carpet that I got from my aunt when we helped empty her house to move her into assisted living. It was perfect for our living room.
However when we got it spread out on the driveway in the hot sun - it got up to 89 here Monday - we saw larva crawling out of it everywhere, not just on the edge.
Here you can see edge damage, and below, an area that has been eaten away down to the backing.
Below you can see one of the larva.
Well, there was no way I was letting that mess back into my house. Having it treated and cleaned would be costly, and even then I would not be comfortable with it. It is obviously made of wool, and if the moths struck once, they could strike again.
We left the carpet out to bake in the sun all afternoon, rolled it up in the evening, and on Tuesday morning we loaded it into the van and took it to the dump.
I was sorry to have to throw it away, but I am relieved to be rid of it. This was my first experience with carpet or clothing moths. This was all new to me.
Have others of you have similar experiences?