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Textile Pests


Clothes Moths and other Textile Pests

Common Clothes Moth

There are a number of highly destructive moths that damage natural fibres. The common cloths moth (Tineola bisselliella) feeds on wool and silk, and is often responsible for holes in clothing. Their preference is for clothing that is soiled or tainted and they prefer fine fabrics like cashmere.

The case bearing clothes moth (Tineola pellionella) is particularly damaging to carpets and will damage large patches, stripping carpets to the backing leaving them completely bald.

The larvae avoid light and prefer areas underneath furniture. They spin a silk case and camouflage it with fibres from carpets etc.

With both species of moth it is only the larvae that feed and causes damage.

These insects can be extremely difficult to eradicate and we always recommend multiple treatments. DIY treatments are not recommended.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) are found in many houses, the larvae are known as woolly bears. The larvae can cause damage to textiles containing natural fibres. The hairs on the larvae can also cause skin irritation. Adult beetles are 3-4mm long. These insects are often associated with bird nests.


Rokill can carry out detailed treatments to eradicate these troublesome pests.
Dry cleaning, hot washes and freezing can all be used to kill insects that are in clothing.

We can provide a free, no obligation quotation; please contact our friendly and experienced service control team on 0800 783 0011, or email us and we will be happy to help you with any enquiry you may have.

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