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Do-It-Yourself Textile Pest Control


Textile pests" or "fabric pests" are catch-all terms for insects who feed upon and damage stored clothing, carpeting, tapestries, or other fiber products. In practice, this includes various species of moths and beetles.


Clothes Moths

Clothes mothThe three moths that feed upon textiles are the webbing clothes moth, the casemaking clothes moth, and the tapestry moth. All of these are small moths, with wingspans of less than 1/2 of an inch. They feed primarily on animal-based fibers such as wool, down, fur, and feathers; and sometimes silk and leather.

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Dermestid Beetles (a/k/a Carpet Beetles)

Furniture carpet beetleThere are several species of Dermestid beetles that commonly damage fabrics. These include the black carpet beetle, the varied carpet beetle, the common carpet beetle, and the furniture carpet beetle.

Adults of all of these species are rather small, ranging in length from between 1/16 and 3/16 of an inch.

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