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Fabric Pest Identification & Prevention

Fabric Pests

About Fabric Pests

Fabric pests are destructive little critters that can damage your fabrics. These pests are often small and can be difficult to get under control. Learn how ProCare Pest Services can help keep fabric pests out of your house.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fabric Pests

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  • What are fabric pests?

    Fabric pests are destructive little critters that can damage your clothing, linens, bedding, and other fabrics. Some of the most common fabric pests we deal with in our area include carpet beetles and clothes moths. Read on to learn more about these pesky invaders.

    Carpet beetles:

    • Dwell in dark, undisturbed areas and commonly infest carpets
    • Oval-shaped bodies measuring between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch (adults beetles) 
    • Black with speckles of white, yellow, orange, and brown
    • Feed on keratin (a fibrous animal protein that larvae can digest), compromising items made of wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt, leather, and skin

    Clothes moths:

    • Prefer dark and undisturbed places like attics, basements, and closets
    • Small in size (but larger than carpet beetles), measuring about 1/2 an inch long,
    • A beige color with narrow wings and small hairs
    • Feed exclusively on animal fibers like wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt, and leather, causing damage to scarves, coats, sweaters, rugs, pillows, blankets, comforters, toys, etc.
  • Where do fabric pests live?

    There are many places where fabric pests can live. Following their food source, they’re often near fabrics, and they tend to lay their eggs on wet or stained clothing. They gravitate to remote areas like the outer edges of carpets and upholstered furniture.

    Often, fabric pests are even inside floor vents and ducts where pet hair has accumulated. They’re usually in hard-to-see places that are dark and protected, like rugs under furniture or in the folds of clothing, or the pleats in fabrics. A Marietta pest control professional can detect and eliminate fabric pests from your property.

  • Are fabric pests dangerous?
    As evident in their name, fabric pests cause damage to all kinds of fiber products. They can be destructive to wool items, carpets, rugs, clothing, and even taxidermy mounts.
  • What do fabric pests eat?
    Fabric Pests feed on a variety of materials and common fibers like wool, silk, leather, and others.
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