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How do I stop moths from destroying my wool rug?

Moths are some of the most destructive pests in your home. They’re not only annoying – they can destroy items that are irreplaceable, like wool rugs and antique clothing. Moths will also live in your curtains and furniture, making it difficult to get rid of them completely. If you want to keep these pests out of your home for good, there are steps you can take now.

Moth Damage Repair & Prevention in Boston

Moths are most active between May and September, so this is the time to take precautions.

Moths are most active between May and September, so this is the time to take certain precautions. The first step is to remove the affected clothing or rugs from your home. The second step is to check other wool-based items around your home, such as rugs and carpets. Take note of any holes or tears that have appeared in these items recently as this can indicate moths have already laid eggs in them. Finally, consider treating your entire wardrobe (or at least what’s made of natural fibers) with a moth repellent spray or powder; many are available over-the-counter at grocery stores and big box retailers like Target or Walmart—just look for something labeled “moth repellent.”

Identify Carpet Moths

Carpet & Rug Moth Identification

Carpet and rug moths are the most common type of fabric moth. They are small, about 1/4 inch (6mm) long, and vary in color from tan to dark brown with a raised area on their back known as the thorax. Carpet moths have wings that do not cover their bodies when they fly; instead, they sit flat against their bodies. Their legs are short and stubby, and they have tiny antennae at their heads.

Carpet Moth Life Cycle & Habits

When carpet moths lay eggs on your wool rug or other textiles, the eggs hatch into larvae that burrow into carpets or rugs where they eat lint fibers until they emerge as adult moths which mate and then lay more eggs on your wool rug over time – starting the cycle all over again! You may see webs along baseboards or walls near where carpets were placed outdoors but these are not from adult carpet moths because their larvae don’t spin webs like other types do; instead, it’s likely an infestation by another type such as clothes moth larvae which spin silken cocoons for pupation before becoming adults themselves

Moth Damage Rug Repair

Yes, you can stop moth damage and repair your rug back to like-new condition with rug weaving. Koko Boodakian & Sons can proactively wrap your rugs in moth-proof bundles to prevent infestation. We also offer reweaving and repair to fully restore any moth damages to your rugs.

Rug moth prevention when storing rugs

Rug moth prevention is easy to do when storing wool rugs. Make sure the rug is stored in a dry, well-ventilated place. It’s best if you can air it out outside once or twice per year and store it somewhere where it will get plenty of light during the day. If you are storing a rug in your home, try not to store any other items on top of it as this can cause moisture buildup and make moths more likely to infest your wool rug.

Rugs should be stored rolled up tightly with no creases or folds; otherwise, they may develop mold which attracts moths! For added protection from moth damage when storing wool rugs for long periods of time, consider buying mothballs (which are made with naphthalene) or cedar chips (which contain natural oils that help prevent insects). If possible, seal any plastic containers used to store rugs tightly with tape so that no gaps exist between the lid and container walls where moths might be able to enter through tiny holes to lay eggs inside them!


With the right steps, you can prevent carpet moths from ruining your wool rugs. The key is to make sure that your home is free of any food sources for moths, such as scraps of wool or other fabrics. You should also vacuum frequently and make sure all rugs are cleaned regularly so they don’t attract moths in the first place.

Moth Damage Repair for Rugs in Boston, MA

Since 1938 Koko Boodakian & Sons has been the rug cleaning and restoration experts in the Greater Boston area. We provide insect, pet, and odor treatments that are 100% green to keep your rugs looking and smelling fresh. Contact us today at (781) 729-2213.