When it comes to textiles and carpeting, there are two pests that do more than the rest. The first are clothes moths, and the other is called carpet beetles.
Both of these bugs are known to eat animal fibres. That means they eat cashmere and wool, and a few other natural fibres used in carpets and clothing.
The common clothes moth is more of a concern for clothing, as the name suggests. However, they’re not prone to avoiding carpets if they prove appetizing too. Upholstery is also fair game, along with any actual animals that may be around.
They’re small and have a life cycle that takes up about a year. However, they make up for it by reproducing rapidly. In a hot environment, you might see up to two generations a year. That is, for those keeping track, a large number of moths.
The adult isn’t a huge concern, other than laying eggs. The larva is the more dangerous one since it does the majority of the damage. You might see webbing tubes accompanying them, which are excreted by the critters.
As noted, the other problem is the carpet beetle.
This pest comes in a number of varieties, from small ones that look like ladybirds to larger ones that have different patterns. They tend to fly in warm weather and sit on windowsills, so look there if you want warning signs other than damaged carpets.
Carpet beetles tend to lurk in the indoors after their mating season. Otherwise, they’re lurking in the outdoors. Their main entry points tend to be cracks and crevices, which is also where you’ll find their eggs.
The larvae that come from the eggs are voracious and rapidly make holes in their targets. Wool tends to be the most favoured target, but fur and feathers aren’t safe either. They’ll also attack books and picture frames that use animal-based glue.
They might also decide to attack clean cotton. However, if they’re trying to get out of a feather cushion, the cotton will take damage on the way out.
Other than your carpets, you can also find these in nests, wasp hives, the burrows of some animals, and even attics and chimneys. They can take a while to get rid of, even after a thorough cleaning, because the larvae wander wide.