Bald patches can appear, seemingly without cause, on anyone’s carpet, but what causes them and how can we prevent it for better Carpet Protection? Perhaps you have noticed what look like shreds of wood or paper near the bald patches?
Usually, this is not a natural process of ageing, but an infestation of carpet moth / carpet beetle which, without proper care, could affect any carpets and rugs across Pretoria. This can happen to a seemingly clean carpet as domestic Hoovers are not capable of cleaning the lower layers of a carpet. By the time you notice a bald patch, it could already be too late, but regular maintenance from an experienced Pretoria carpet cleaning service can prevent the damage.
Why are these pests attracted to Carpets?
Carpet Moths and Beetles can be found in clothes and curtains, as well as carpets. They are attracted to natural fibres such as wool and silk as they have the ability to digest the keratin protein found in these fibres. If you have a silk or pure wool carpet, or a wool rich carpet, then you are potentially at risk. They prefer areas which have some moisture within the natural fibre, as well as sweat and dirt as they feed off this too. In carpets they enjoy dark corners like the spaces beneath units and appliances. The adults lay eggs in these areas. When the larvae hatch they leave behind their larvae casings on the carpet.
Yuck! So how can I deal with them?
If you have an infestation of carpet moth/beetle or would like to prevent one, then don’t worry, there is help at hand. Just search for Pretoria carpet cleaning services, they can quickly remedy the problem or prevent an infestation from occurring at all! After a through, professional clean-up, a good dose of a safe, natural agent can be applied to kill off any remaining larvae, eggs or adult pests. If necessary, a stronger, chemical insecticide can also be used, to guarantee that the infestation will not reoccur. If bald spot damage has already been cause, a professional Pretoria carpet service can help and advise you about repairs.
How can I stop them coming back?
The most important factor to ensure that you regularly schedule a carpet and rug cleaning service, but you can help keep the problem at bay by being vigilant about cleaning under your units, appliances and other hard-to-reach spots, and so preventing the acclimation of damp and dirt. Ask you carpet cleaning service professionals for Carpet Protection tips and advice about good practices, and to highlight any danger zones where an infestation is likely to originate.