Hey Vancouver BC, Luv-A-Rug can help your rugs that have moth damage

I just got off the phone with a lady from Vancouver BC, which is just across the water from Victoria BC. She was a bit frustrated at the lack of information and companies that take care of moth infested rugs in her area. One short 8 minute call with me, RugloverMary, and she feels much better that her rug can be saved. She has an Indu-Gabbeh that was purchased at the Swedish Home store and it is in the perfect colours for her new home, unfortunately it has moth damage.

I told her that Gabbeh rugs are my favorite all time rugs. I explained to her how the life cycle and feeding needs of the moths works, and what we do to eliminate moth infestations here at Luv-A-Rug, and I gave her a couple of names of companies in Vancouver area that might be able to help her.

Because I was very helpful, friendly and knew how to care for her rug, we are getting her rug brought over to us by courier for cleaning and moth control. Just because we are not in her immediate neighbourhood doesn’t mean that we cannot care for her rug.

If you do not live on Vancouver Island, or near Victoria, BC Luv-A-Rug can still clean and repair your rugs. Our courier is safe, insured and does overnight or next day delivery to most areas.

Here is my video showing a different Gabbeh rug that was a moth feast:

It is not the first time we have had area rugs shipped to us for cleaning. In May 2010 we had a rug from Vernon BC shipped to us for cleaning and repair after the storage unit it was in had a leak. It is also not the first time I have helped someone outside of Vancouver Island/Victoria BC with moth damage. Last year I helped a lady living in Winnipeg, Manitoba via e-mail that had moth damage.

It is nice being the wool moth expert. We all have to be good at something and I like the odd stuff. Moths gross people out, but for me they help me educate clients and the world about how to care, store, and save their beloved rugs

Here is the latest victim of moths to come to our shop. This rug had huge sentimental value to the client, but it was peed on by their dog and then rolled up and stored away without being cleaned. The moth larva had a good feast and were still feasting when I filmed them. This rug was unfortunately too far gone to be saved, so please always get pet accidents professionally cleaned right away.

So if you don’t live in Victoria BC, but find me, RugloverMary, or anything I wrote/filmed about moths contact me. I can help. Either we can get the rug to us here at Luv-A-rug or help you find the right professionals in your area.

Here are a few tips to protect your rugs from moth infestations:

  • Always clean your rugs after a pet accident and storing for even a short time.
  • Vacuum your entire rug and under the edges to eliminate the dirt moths need to survive.
  • Clean your air ducts every year before using them.
  • Clean away any old wasp, bird, rodent nests from outside your home and the attic.
  • Get your rugs professionally cleaned by a Wool Safe Certified company every 1-3 years.

To contact Luv-A-Rug you can call us at 250-590-6210/800-886-2802 or e-mail me directly at mary.luvarug@shaw.ca or luvvie@shaw.ca

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary-helping protect wool rugs from Moths!

RugloverMary has Found the Elusive Live Cothes Moth

It was an exciting day for me, not so much for a wool tufted rug. Around 3pm June 30th Luv-A-Rug received a phone call inquiring where we were located and the best way to get here from downtown Victoria. She didn’t say much about her rug and why it needed to be cleaned, just that we would know when we saw it.

Yes it was vague, but clients can be embarrassed by pet accidents and such, so we don’t judge. We understand that rugs get dirty. It isn’t very often that we get surprised by a mess on rugs, we have pretty much seen everything.

An hour and a half later a lovely lady came in to our office on 445 Beta St and said she had a rug for cleaning and she was the one who had called a little while ago. I, RugloverMary) went out to her car with her and brought the rug in. She had a 5’x8′ wool hand tufted rug that got wet by flooding and they rolled it up and dealt with the other damage first. A few months later she decided to use the rug again, but it needed to be cleaned first.

The first thing I noticed was a clothes moth casing on the back of the rug. This didn’t surprise me since the rug was stored improperly. The one casing turned into many, many clothes moth casing. I didn’t think there were any that were still alive, but since I had disturbed them by unrolling the rug they were not moving. I was showing her the casings and the damage they had caused when one of the casing moved, then another and then more.

Woo Hoo! We had a rug with actual live moth larva on it. She had decided it wasn’t worth getting it cleaned, moth treated and flood repaired, one whole side was crunchy and wrinkled, and asked if we could get rid of it for her. I told her yes and asked her if I could blog about her rug since it wasn’t very often we got to see live larva.

She gave me a funny look and said, “You really want this rug don’t you?” YES! I told her I was excited about seeing the live larva and it would make a good blog. What can I say I get excited over moth larva.
Here is the video of Live Clothes Moth Larva Eating a Wool Rug

Please I beg of you when you have a rug you no longer want to use or if it gets wet from flooding or a burst water tank get it professionally cleaned right away. The longer you wait the more damage that can happen and the more tasty your rug looks to moths.

In Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands call Luv-A-Rug at 250-590-6210/1-800-886-2802 and we can clean your rugs and wrap them properly for storage.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, wool moth teacher

>40 Years and Still going Strong

>Yesterday we received a 9×12.5 wool Chinese area rug. The owner has had it for around 40 years and it has a lot of memories tied into it. The golden colour is very retro, but still can hold it’s own even today.

Large area rugs are prime targets for damage from moths or carpet beetles. I know it wasn’t moth that ate this rug. There was no larva casings any where on the rug.

When ever a large rug comes in for cleaning I always look for moth damage. Large rugs have furniture on them and have areas that are not used.

Moth damage can take weeks to happen, so it doesn’t mean that you are not diligent in your cleaning. It only takes one pregnant female to lay her many eggs in an area that doesn’t get walked on or vacuumed often.

To prevent moth’s from making your rug lunch:

  • vacuum the entire area rug at least once a month
  • rotate your rug often
  • have your rug cleaned professionally deep cleaned every year or two
  • if you find any evidence of moth activity get your area rug taken care of by a professional

Moth’s are wool”s natural enemy. By keeping your area rugs as clean as possible it is a lot less likely you will have moth damage.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>I am Back with more Moth Prevention

>You may have noticed that there hasn’t been any blog posts from me in awhile. I was deep under the weather for the last two weeks of January. That is not too bad because last year I was sick the whole month of January. I think I am prone to getting ill in January because of the stress I put myself through in December. It is amazing the effects stress has on the human body. Some day I will learn how to relax.

I turn a year older at the end of this week, not really looking froward to that, but there is nothing I can do about that. I look younger than I really am, so that is one good thing about my birthday… I can fib about my age. At least for a few more years. 🙂

Since the weather has been a lot milder and not as much rain as usual there hasn’t been the rush of flooded area rugs this year. It is, however, the year to get the big area rugs cleaned.

Since most large area rugs (8×10 and larger) aren’t always cleaned every year or two they tend to become prime targets for moths.

To make your large area rug less attractive to moths vacuum the entire every few months. Every day your rug is collecting dust, dander, debris from the air. If you have some of the rug covered by furniture and cannot easily vacuum this area that is where the moths will go.

Moths love dark, dry, warm, undisturbed areas. To make your rug less desirable it is best to:
-Vacuuming often
-Clean up spills when they happen
-Regular professional cleaning
-Examine the edges front and back

Moths are sneaky, they can crawl 2-6 inches under the edges of your area rugs. This is what moth damage looks like on the back of an area rug. As you can see it is subtle and can easily be overlooked.

When moths are eating the rug from underneath you will not notice until you vacuum and see missing fibers.

To help prevent moths from hiding under the rug:
-Vacuum around baseboards and under the edges of the rug.
-Rotate your area rug a few time year.

If you do find that your area rug has been eaten by moths not all is lost. Luv-A-Rug can help. Our non-toxic moth treatment kills any remaining eggs and doesn’t harm your rug in any way.

Prevention is always the best policy and the vacuum is your best defense. Keeping your area rug clean is the best way to ward off moths.

Here is more information on Moths and moth prevention.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Summer Rug Repeats

>I have writers blank, no not block actual blank. Everyday I try to think of a topic to blog about and I come up blank.
There have been some unique rugs come into Luv-A-Rug for cleaning and repair, but not much to write about. I have covered the topic of rug repairs a lot in my previous blogs.
As vast as the subject of area rugs is when you break it down there isn’t a lot of new topics to write about.
I have written about moth’s,
Area rug repairs,
proper rug storage so many times that I cannot make it original any more.
I have been reediting my RugloverMary rug blog for the past week and I have noticed a lot of the same blog topics.
It is a bit difficult to write about upcoming area rug events since Victoria, BC usually doesn’t have any area rug events.
I am sure that my writer’s blank will pass, as it has done so in the past.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Moth season=bad day for wool rugs

>Moths are having a grand time on people’s rugs this year. We have a few rugs in lately that got moth damage in the last few months. This is my third blog about Moth’s. I will remind every rug owner to vacuum the entire rug. The part of the rug that is under furniture is prime real estate for moth larvae to feed on. A yearly professional cleaning and a monthly vacuum is the best defense against wool’s number one enemy.
Plus check underneath the rug at least six inches. This picture shows moth damage on the back of the rug. The moth larvae can feed there undetected until one day you vacuum the rug and a bunch of the fibers are sucked up. The damage on this rug was caught in time that no repairs had to be done and there was no visible damage to the top of the rug. This shows how slight the damage can be and also how sneaky the moths can be. They do not care where their food source is, just that they have one so they can survive. Another reason the spring and autumn cleaning are so important. Out of sight does not equal peace of mind. Yes it is a pain and a hassle, but it can save your furniture and precious area rugs.

When this rug came in to the shop I was sad and excited. Sad because this rug could not be saved the damage was too severe. The rug was rolled up in a basement for awhile unprotected and the moth’s had a new home. I was excited because this rug didn’t just have moth larvae casings it has live larvae. Some were newly hatched because they were still clear and the older ones were the colour of the wool they had been eating. By the time I took pictures the larvae had disappeared into the fibers, they are shy and don’t like their pictures taken.:) All the blue sand like particles is the larva’s excrement and the flat rice looking pieces are the empty moth larvae casings (where they hatched from). This is only a few inches of the rug, the moth larva were all over it in different clumps of sections. Sometimes if the damage is only in one area we can repair it by trimming it off, yes some of the rug is lost but it would of still been usable. This is done after we do our moth treatment and do a thorough cleaning. Click to read more about moths and their life cycle and how to prevent them and what to do if you find that you have an infestation.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

A bit of Moth Excitement!!





Today I got very excited on the inside and a little excited on the outside when I was doing my visual inspection of a British India area rug today. It is spooky how I seem to zoom in on moth casings. Not only was there lots of moth casings there was a live larvae!! It seemed to be newly hatched because it was still clear and very small. I couldn’t find it again to snap a picture of it. It hid back into the rug when I pulled out some fibers. The rug was sadly sent for disposal. A little tiny worm like rug eater got my passion stirring. The pictures show some of the moth-eaten damage and their excrement. If you have an area rug that is under a piece of furniture that you cannot vacuum under, you might want to move the furniture and look for rice shaped objects. They will be the colour of you area rug and there maybe lots of concentrated sand looking dirt. Luv-A-Rug can help you if you find moth evidence on your are rug.
I told the client to go home and inspect their other rugs and woolens for moth activity. If you would like to know more about moths visit our website www.luvarug.com.
Onto an unrelated topic. Yesterday I was waiting for my bus and at the bus stop I saw two purple flowers growing in the grass. They stirred something in me so I took a couple of photos and then tweaked them. As I looked at them I thought ‘beauty in chaos’ since there were no other flowers near by just some weeds and garbage. With it being an anniversary of 911 it seem appropriate to see beauty surrounded by chaos. That is all I want to write today so…….
Thank you for reading, RugloverMary