Rug weevils do not lay eggs in areas such as the middle of rooms and places where you regularly sweep. They will seek out darker, undisturbed and dusty areas to lay their eggs in order to provide plenty of food for the larvae and maximize their chances of survival through the life cycle to mature rug weevil.
Cleaning the habitat of rug weevils
Dust is likely to attract clothes moths (dust has a high content of human hair, pet hair, and skin cells that are shed every day and contain keratin).
Do you regularly vacuum under the furniture, behind the door and in the corners of the house? Do you regularly clean and dust your furniture? Have you ever taken your rugs out to shake and air them out?
Here are some clues to the question, “How to prevent weevils from eating your rugs?” A regular and thorough cleaning program will help reduce the risk of developing rug weed larvae.
If rug weed goes undetected for too long – before you know it – they can reproduce in secret and the larvae will obviously cause damage. If you have weevils that are damaging your rug, use a rug weevil kit.
Another thing is to empty your vacuum cleaner bag outside the house in a bag after vacuuming and then close it tightly and throw it in the trash to avoid the risk of weevil eggs or larvae remaining in the house.
Reduce the birth of rug weevils in your home
Use rug weevil traps to reduce population growth – If you have the right rug weevil traps and act quickly, you can prevent them from laying eggs on your rugs. At the very least, you’ll curb the problem and reduce the amount of damage to your rugs and other home textiles, as well as your clothes.
Remember, it’s the rug weevil larvae that hatch from the eggs and damage your clothes—adult weevils won’t eat rug and rugs, but if they’re able to mate, the females will lay hundreds of weevil eggs in their short lifetime. The eggs turn into larvae and the larvae turn into rug weevil moths.
Depending on temperature and humidity conditions, rug weed larvae can live up to 3 years (eating home textiles!) – this is for colder climates. In warmer regions, they can grow from egg to pupa in less than a month. Either way, your rug will not be safe if you have rug weed larvae in your home, given the larvae that do the damage.
Eradication of rug weevil eggs and rug weevil larvae
Rug weevil larvae only eat keratin – a protein found in natural animal fibers – they will not eat cotton or synthetic fabrics unless they are heavily contaminated in food or sweat. Look for signs of damage in wool, silk, and any feather, fur, or soft leather. Unfortunately, the most expensive textiles and home furnishings and the softest materials are at greater risk (such as woolen rugs, fallen furs or rugs, woolen or cashmere items, silk curtains, woolen or leather sofas).
The eggs are unlikely to be easily traced – they are tiny, but you may see some larvae before they pupate into adult butterflies. For more information, see our weevil rug identification guide. You may also notice very sticky webs in the rugs.
After cleaning, removing rug weevil is the best way to deal with contamination and remove rug weevil eggs and larvae. A combination of spray and powder will have an immediate effect while the remaining larvae are present for two weeks. In the case of a serious infestation, an ongoing program may be necessary.
Human and pet hair, dust, sweat and food stains attract weevils to your rugs, so regular cleaning is essential.
Rugs and curtains should be deep cleaned periodically. The accumulation of dust throughout the year is significant even if it is not immediately visible.
Remove sofa cushions and clean underneath. You’d be surprised what else you can find there, especially if you have kids and pets at home!
All removable coverings, curtains and other fixtures should be removed and shaken. Also, taking things outside gives you space and makes cleaning easier to thoroughly dust and, if necessary, use the specialist methods in high-risk areas described above.