Fabric pests are the group name given to pests that eat fabrics. Fabrics include carpets, curtains, upholstery and clothes and documents, photos and paintings. The key fabric pests include carpet beetles, clothes moths and silverfish, but psocids (book lice), cockroaches and rodents also cause problems.
Pest managers often look at fabric pests as an occasional pest problem, but for homeowners it appears to be a ongoing problem as judged by the number of Google searchers. Just how big is the fabric pest problem?
We have a good summary article for information on the key fabric pests, how to spot their activity and an outline of a fabric pest treatment.
Clothes moths are a common problem for homeowners. They can be hard to spot and homeowners often only realise they have a problem when they find holes in their favourite clothes. A great starting point for knowledge is our article, Clothes Moths – all you need to know.
There are a range of clothes moths products available to homeowners which have variable levels of performance. One of the traditional products are moth balls. But there are various types of mothball, some with less favourable toxicity profiles. It’s certainly useful to know what are mothballs and how do they work?
In addition to residual surface spray treatments to protect wardrobes and drawers, there is are clothes moth traps, which use pheromones to attract the moths which then get stuck on the glue trap. This is both a great monitoring and control tool.
Carpet beetles are one of the major fabric pests and can cause significant damage to a wide range of animal fabrics, not just woollen carpets and rugs. However, carpet beetles can also present a significant health risk, with the potential for severe allergic reactions. Learn more about carpet beetles, damage and allergic reactions.