Clean the rug. Larger rugs or rugs that are fastened to the floor will need professional cleaning, but smaller rugs can be washed using a regular washer and dryer. Use hot water, if possible. Cleaning the rug helps to remove the larvae, and the hot dryer kills many of the eggs and remaining larvae.
Use a pesticide or insecticide formulated specifically for killing moth larvae and eggs. Spray the pesticide on the front and back of the rug either outside or in a well-ventilated area. If possible, roll the rug up and let it sit at least overnight to allow the pesticide to do its work.
Vacuum, sweep or beat the rug to remove the dead moth larvae once the rug is dry.
Wash and dry the rug once again, making sure to use hot water, if possible.
Spray all carpet in the home with a moth repellent containing magnesium silicofluoride. Reapply the moth repellent every three years or every time the rug is washed.
Things You Will Need
- Pesticide/insecticide for moths
- Vacuum cleaner or broom
- Washing machine
- Dryer or hot, dry room
- Vacuum and wash your rugs and carpets regularly to prevent moth infestation.
- Check dark places and underneath furniture for moths and bugs.
- Moth balls do not kill moths or larvae. They are only a mild repellent and do not work on carpets.
- The most eco-friendly and effective insecticide used to treat moth infested rugs is pyrethrum.