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Fabric pests include moths and many beetle species that feed on the natural protein 'Keratin'. This can be found in any textile of animal origin including wool, silk, animal hair, leather and feathers. It is actually the larvae of the fabric pests (also known as textile pests) such as the varied carpet beetle which cause the visible damage. The adult beetles only feed on nectar and pollen from flowering plants.
It is not just everyday items like clothing, upholstered furniture or woollen carpets which are at risk from fabric pests. Collections of valuable textile items of historic or cultural significance can all be at risk from an infestation. If left untreated fabric pests can cause irreplaceable damage to garments and textiles.
Check for common signs of textile pests, like damaged fabric or faecal pellets to see if you have a problem
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At Rentokil, our targeted treatments aim to eliminate all stages of a fabric or textile pest’s lifecycle, ensuring complete removal of the problem. Our BPCA (British Pest Control Association) certified and experienced technicians understand the habits of fabric pests. Access to a range of chemical-free and pH neutral treatments enables us to provide effective and discreet treatments for even the most delicate and precious items and garments. Call us now to benefit from our effective, professional services.
Dermestid beetles (family Dermestidae) are more commonly known as skin beetles or larder, leather, hide or carpet beetles. They are general scavengers feeding on dry animal materials such as hair, skin, feathers, fur and sometimes dead insects. There ability to digest keratin means that the larvae can damage fabrics containing natural fibres such as wools, leather, cashmere, silk etc...