Taking care of an oriental rug properly is one of the key parts of making sure that it stays looking amazing for years. One main source of damage that could be facing your rug is potential damage from moths. Even though flying moths are not going to eat your rug and will stick to softer fabrics, female flying moths will lay hundreds of eggs in the fibers of your rub and the larvae that eventually hatch will find your oriental rug to be a tasty treat. Here are some ways that you can identify if you have a moth problem so that you can protect it as soon as possible and keep your rug safe for years to come.
1. Odd Bare Spots On Your Rug
The larvae of the flying moth seem like they have color preferences when it comes to the fibers that they consume. The reality is that the colored dyes taste differently based on what color they are because the color determines their precise ingredients. If you look at your rug and notice that there are bare spots on it that are only on particular colors, rather than in one central location, such as when a chair constantly moving across a rub can pull out a section of fibers, then you have moth larvae in your rugs and will need to take immediate action.
2. Tiny, Sand-Like Granules in Your Rug
The next thing that you are going to want to look for in order to confirm your suspicions that you have moths in your rugs is if you feel down in the pile of the rug and pull out tiny granules that are tan or light brown and look roughly like sand. If you can't remember trekking on your rug after a day at the beach, then the chances are good that these granules are not sand and are instead the droppings of the larvae.
3. Fuzzy Cylinders That Match Certain Areas of the Rug
Finally, look for the cocoons of the larvae itself. If you find a bunch of tiny cylinders that roughly match the color of certain patches of the rug and have a fuzzy texture, then you have found the cocoons. Larvae are able to camouflage their cocoons by mimicking the color around them in order to make the cocoons harder to see. You might have to feel around for a few minutes before you find any, but if you found the previous two signs, they are likely to be there.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in oriental rugs (such as Imperial Rug Galleries Limited). They will have tips for preventing this type of problem.