Moths have the potential to silently, but thoroughly, eat through your most precious wool rugs. What can you do to prevent moths from damaging your wool rugs? Below is a list of tips to minimize the danger posed by moths:
- Thoroughly inspect your wool rugs and kilims at least once every three months. Know what to look for. Below is a picture of a live moth infestation. Look also for loosened knots of wool. Loosened and compromised knots might indicate that moths have begun their destructive activity. Note also that moths seem to have a preference for certain colors (actually, a preference for the dyes used to create certain colors). Therefore, sometimes moth damage will look like someone has carved out certain colors but left others alone.
- Vacuum your rugs regularly. Professionally clean your rugs every two years or so, or more often if the rug is in a highly-trafficked area. Clean rugs that enjoy a bright and well-ventilated space are rarely subjected to moth damage.
- Avoid storing rugs for any extended period of time. If you must store your rugs, do so in an area that allows the rugs to breathe and be exposed to light and air. Never wrap your rugs in plastic and store them in a dark closet. This is the worst way to store rugs as the dark, oxygen-deprived, humid environment creates the perfect environment for moths to flourish and begin their destructive activity.
- Isolate any rugs that show signs of a live moth infestation to avoid spreading the moths to other rugs or woolen products.