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Textile Pests

Textile 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, mohair, silk, animal hair, leather and feathers.

It is only when these insects become established in your property, and are left untreated, that they cause serious harm, such as:

  • Damage to historic artefacts.
  • Damage to clothing, carpets, upholstered furniture.
  • Contamination of foodstuffs and fabric–based goods.

For businesses, the presence of an infestation may also lead to damaged reputation and custom from the loss of stored items and irreparable damage to historical items.

Many species of textile pest have been recorded in South Africa, however only a few of these, mainly the introduced species, are commonly encountered.

The clothes moth species occur most frequently in the humid, coastal areas, while carpet beetles are more likely to be found inland.

Call Rentokil today on +27 211 410 970 if you are worried about textile pests.

Rentokil’s Textile Pest Control Services

We have been trusted in South Africa for almost 50 years, to provide efficient and reliable pest control solutions for both homes and businesses.

  • Local with national/international scale - through our local offices we can provide expert services throughout the entire continent, whilst leveraging an international knowledge base.
  • Experts in pest control - our technicians are trained monthly on the best technologies and processes for treating textile pests.
  • Targeted, customizable solutions - we have access to traditional chemical (insecticidal) solutions which can be targeted to offer the highest level of treatment best suited to your unique problem.
  • Leading the industry through innovation - our specialist heat treatment offers a unique non-chemical solution to textile pests, as effective as other more traditional methods.

Call us today on +27 211 410 970 or contact us online to arrange a survey of your property and identify the need for professional treatment.

Types of textile pests

Signs of a textile pest infestation

Evidence of a textile pest infestation may commonly be found in carpets and other stored products, such as blankets and fine-knitted goods. Identifying problems with textile pests becomes even easier once you know the signs to look for and where.

Regular inspections and monitoring will help to identify a problem early to ensure fast and effective textile pest treatment. This will help to reduce the risk of long-term damage to sensitive and valuable items, even leather book bindings and woodwind instruments.

Textile pest activity

Signs of damage may only become visible after an infestation has long been established. Clothes moth and carpet beetle larvae feed deep in the carpet pile in dark and undisturbed areas, meaning infestations may go undetected for years, particularly if the areas are not regularly cleaned.

If you have items in your home or business that could be at risk, it is critical to regularly look for other visible signs of an infestation to identify a problem early.


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