Pest Information:
Textile Insects

An insect infestation is rarely something you want, and textile insects are absolutely no different.

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Textile Insects / Carpet Beetles

Textile insects, in their larval stage, have the ability to digest the protein, keratin, which is found in:

  • Wool
  • Fur
  • Animal hair

These are substances which are commonly found in domestic properties.

Cotton and other man made materials can be damaged but will not be eaten.

The most common textile pests found in this country are:-

  • The Varied Carpet Beetle
  • Fur Beetle
  • Common clothes moth
  • Case bearing clothes moth
  • White shouldered house moth
  • Brown house moth

The two most common textile pests found in Britain are the Varied Carpet and the Brown house moth.

Brown House Moth

The adults have dark wings with three or four black spots on them, the larva is dark white with a brown head. It is the larval stage which does the damage and are often found beneath carpets, underfelt and between floorboards.

The larva is a dirty white with a brown head, the larva will travel considerable distances.

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles adults have the appearance of small ladybirds, the larva of carpet beetles are covered by hairs and are sometimes known as woolly bears, these larva can be an irritant with some people if picked up.

Carpet Beetles are 2-4mm in length and are a major pest attacking textiles. They thrive where they are left undisturbed. The edges of carpets and in wardrobes are popular living areas.

Bird nests are very often a source of textile pests, so if any evidence of insects are found in bedrooms an inspection of your loft might be advisable.

Top down view of a Carpet Beetle over a white background

If routine cleaning is not sufficient to keep carpet beetle under control Enviropest are able to offer a professional service please telephone 0121 693 6616 to discuss arranging a survey.