Textile Pests

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Treating Textile Pests

Hygiene plays a vital role in both the prevention and treatment of textile pests. At Rentokil, we have access to multiple control methods, which can provide quick and efficient control of an infestation in your home or business.

Our services guarantee a safe and reliable solution and includes a combination of:

  • Traditional chemical treatments - including surface and space sprays to deeply penetrate infested fabric items.
  • Non-chemical treatments - includes thorough vacuuming, washing and correct storage advice to protect items in long-term storage.
  • Specialised heat treatment - our heat treatment effectively eliminates all life stages of an insect infesting your fabric items, including furniture. The portable design of our Heat Pod allows for its use in your home or business, helping to ensure minimum disruption.

Rentokil’s Textile Pest Treatments

We have been trusted in South Africa for over 50 years to provide expert pest control solutions for both homes and businesses.

Our experience in treating textiles pests, combined with the unsurpassed expertise of our technicians, ensures you can rely on our services and products to offer the best solution for an infestation.

Call us today on 0861 117 851 for immediate help with treating textile pests.

Non-chemical methods of control

Non-chemical solutions include the simple act of vacuuming. This plays an important role in removing cast skins and eggs, which helps to break the natural lifecycle of textile pests and reduce their population in your property.

Where possible, regularly washing fabric items and carefully storing clothes, will also help to keep your items safe from damage.

  • Vacuuming - ensure you vacuum upholstered furniture and underneath items of furniture, not just carpets and rugs. Carpet edges next to skirting boards should also be carefully vacuumed. Pet bedding should also be regularly cleaned. It is important to immediately discard the content of your vacuum cleaner outside of your property.

  • Storing clothes - if you intend to store clothing for a long time, you should ensure all items have been washed and are clean. Wrap up items in plastic to keep them safe from textile pests.

Rentokil's Heat Treatment

Through the use of our innovative heat pod, we can eradicate textile pests that may be difficult to treat given the ever-declining number of available conventional insecticides.

  • The method of heat treatment, eliminates all life stages of insects in just one treatment, thus minimising any disruption.
  • Rentokil's Heat Treatment uses a portable system that delivers dry, transferable heat to any contained, infested area - large or small.
  • The hot dry air warms the fabric of the building and its contents to a carefully monitored temperature between 56°C and 60°C – high enough to kill pests rapidly, but without causing any structural damage.

Chemical Control

Our chemical control solutions involve the careful use of insecticides in areas identified with signs of an infestation. Insecticides may be applied through the method of surface-space sprays or dusts.

Furniture may have to be moved and carpets and rugs pulled back to ensure appropriate treatment to all affected areas.

We advise our customers to de-clutter and ensure a thorough vacuuming of all carpet areas prior to insecticidal treatment.

  • Surface sprays - surface sprays for insecticidal treatment are usually used when clothes moths or carpet beetles have been identified as the invading pest species. This treatment is commonly applied to areas in your property where textile pests are known to feed.
  • Space sprays - we use space sprays to kill moths or beetles that have been spotted on ceilings, walls or furnishings. It should be used together with other applications to ensure penetration of infested fabric items.
  • Dusts - insecticidal dusts can be used on carpet edges to control and eliminate larvae. It may also be used extensively in a roof cavity found with an infestation due to the presence of bird nesting - another valuable feeding site for the larvae of textile pests.

Call Rentokil on 0861 117 851 or contact us to arrange a survey of your home or business to identify the need for textile pest treatment.