Certain species of moth are notorious for feeding on clothing and natural fibers; they digest the protein found in wool.
These moths prefer dirty fabric and are particularly attracted to carpeting and clothing that may contain human
sweat or other organic liquids which may have come in contact with them. Even small traces of dirt may provide essential
nutrients for larval development. Larvae are attracted to these areas not only for the food but for traces of
moisture; they do not require liquid water to survice.
Both adults and larvae prefer low light conditions and common clothes moths seem to prefer dim or dark areas.
If larvae find themselves in a well-lit room, they will try to relocate under furniture or carpet edges.
Handmade rugs are a favorite, because it is easy for the larvae to crawl underneath and do their damage from below.
All woolen rugs that are moth-proofed need to be washed prior to the process to remove any grease or other substance
which may prevent the moth proofing solution from penetrating the wool fibers.
The rugs are then sprayed on the back side first and if needed a fan may be used to hasten the drying.
Then they are turned over and the front side/pile will be sprayed until the wool fibers are thoroughly damp.
Then the rugs are laid down on a flat surface for final drying.
The moth-proofing solution is NOT an insecticide; therefore it will not kill moths, larvae or eggs.
It simply renders the treated wool inedible. There are no odors with this treatment.
The protection lasts until the rug is wet washed.
It is recommended that if a rug is to be stored for two months or longer, moth-proofing should be done to
prevent costly moth damage.