Textile Pest Control

The good news is that I am licensed to use pesticides to eradicate the common types of household textile bugs and fleas.

While spring brings welcome rain and flowers blooming, it also brings insects. Lots of them. Wool moths, Tineola Bisselliella and carpet beetles,

The common clothes moth, Tineola Bisselliella

When laying up to 100 eggs the adult is very careful to spread the eggs around so they are all near to a food source, usually your natural carpet or upholstery fibres, when they hatch. A few here and a few there.

Carpet Beetle : Anthrenus Verbasci
◦ larvae have a characteristic appearance
◦ covered in well developed hairs
◦ giving rise to the common name for these larvae, “woolly bears

How do you identify them? For wool moths, keep an eye out for the adults flitting around your home or the eggs laid on the surface or on the back of your carpets. The large moths that we see every year here in the early months of summer are no threat to your carpets. Adult wool moths are small, about the size of a grain of rice. They are tan in color with no particular design or pattern on their wings. The eggs look like grains of sand held together by spider webs.

Carpet moth larvae preferentially feed on natural products such as cotton, silk, wool, feathers, fur, hair, leather and upholstered furniture.  Larvae will also feed on lint, dust and paper products.  They can also feed on mixtures of natural and synthetic fibres.

These pests are commonly found in warm centrally heated homes, with natural fibre carpets such as wool. The heat will encourage hatching of eggs, the larvae will then feed on the carpet, causing bald patches to appear, left untreated they will be very expensive house guests

Another unwanted house guest is the dog or cat flea

Cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis

Dog flea, Ctenocephalides canis

Also found on rabbits & foxes, and will also bite humans

 EGG :
◦ smooth oval, greyish white. 0.5 mm long.
◦ Not attached to hair of the host
◦ Found in bedding of host.
 At room temperature hatch in about ten days.

Pupa will stay in holes, usually in skirting boards, until they sense that there is a food source. In empty properties, when they sense that a human has entered, due to the stimulation of vibrations,air movement etc, they will hatch out immediately and bite the human and live from human blood but will not be able to lay eggs and will soon die. Pupa can stay dormant for many months.