It is very sad when we get in an area rug that has been infested by moths. For some rugs it is just a bit of minor damage, for others it can be an all out free buffet and the whole family shows up.
This video is of a small Gabbeh area rug that has somewhat minor, but noticeable, moth damage, and a moth larva caught in the act. I do apologize for the blurriness of the video. I was trying to get all the action that was happening and not paying attention to what I was doing with the camera.
THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THIS IS TO HAVE YOUR RUGS CLEANED BEFORE STORING THEM.
No matter how short of a period. It only takes one pregnant female moth to lay 50+ eggs and your rug is a haven.
ALSO TO VACUUM THE ENTIRE RUG OFTEN.
Moth's cannot survive on a clean rug, they need dirt, dust, food spills, and for the rug to be undisturbed.
I know that it isn't easy to vacuum ALL of the rug because of furniture placement, but it is worth it!
It is cheaper to pay a few neighbour kids or con family members into doing it for you than having to replace the rug and getting rid of the moth infestation.
Here is more information about the life cycle of the moth, how to prevent an infestation and what to do if you find one.
Just like with fires.............Only you can prevent a moth infestation!
Thanks for reading and viewing, RugloverMary