When it comes to pest infestations, the first thing that you may worry about is your food, furniture, and wooden structures.
But have you ever thought that your fabric is in danger too? Believe it or not, there are various types of pests that feed on various kinds of fabrics, and are especially attracted to your wardrobe.
Here are a few wardrobe pests that you should look out for:
Among the fabric destroying pests, carpet beetles are the most common. There are mainly two types of species of carpet beetles found in homes, namely; the black carpet beetle and the varied carpet beetle.
Varied carpet beetles have smeared coloring that generally includes yellow, black, and white. On the other hand, as the name suggests, black carpet beetles are black in color. These beetles feed on various types of fabrics, including silk, leather, wool and carpet.
If you have had encounters with carpet beetles before then it’s a good idea to store these fabrics in a container where these bugs can’t reach. Similarly, to protect the carpet, vacuum every week to remove these bugs from your rugs. If the problem still persists, you may need to call in pest control services.
Crickets are known for the iconic sound that they make, rather than the damage that they can cause. Although they do not feed on fabric, they are nonetheless attracted to stained clothes and the starch found on them. They may chew the fabric or leave excrements on it, thereby staining the clothes.
The best way to get rid of crickets is to eliminate the food and water sources in the house, and have all the cracks and holes sealed that are generally found near the windows and doors.
Silverfish are common pest that may invade homes to feed on linen, paper, rayon, as well as starch found in clothes. They have a carrot-like shape and are silver in color.
The best way to prevent this pest from invading your home is by resolving the moisture problem in your home and repairing hidden leaks. You should also ensure that all fabrics that they feed on are clean. Sealing up the cracks near the windows and doors is another good way to deal with the problem.
Clothes moths, also called webbing moths, have a yellowish color with no spots or marks on their wings. These moths are capable of causing damage to the wool items, upholstered furniture, clothing, carpets and any item made of fur. Clothes moth larvae can be extremely difficult to find on clothing items, since they remain in silk tubes that are hard to detect.
To prevent clothes moths from entering your home have all the cracks and holes sealed where they can get through.