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We are happy to help our walk-in clients also, however, we are often out on area rug deliveries and may not be available if no appointment was made.  

​​​​​​​Question of the Day: What Do Moths LOVE About Area Rugs?


Ruthie here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott, AZ and we see rugs come in all day, every day!  Some of these rugs, unfortunately, have signs of moth damage to the fibers.  Moths munch away on wool fibers, leaving holes in rugs anywhere from ¼ inch to massive holes anywhere from 12 to 24 inches.

I thought I would take a minute today to talk about some things that moths (and their larvae) absolutely LOVE about your area rugs, so you’ll be able to hopefully protect your rugs from a future infestation.

  1. Moths LOVE wool! Luckily, there is a moth treatment that Arizona Oriental can apply to wool rugs that acts as a moth repellent.  This treatment makes wool unappetizing to moths, so they’ll look elsewhere for their next meal.

  2. Heavily soiled rugs, especially ones with animal urine deposits, are an all-you-can-eat buffet for moths.  You may not think so, but urine is very attractive to moths because it provides added proteins to the wool.  This is why we always recommend you clean your rugs professionally before storing them.

  3. Moths prefer quiet, undisturbed areas of your home - like quiet spare bedrooms, under furniture, or garages and attics. Moths don’t like us anymore than we like them, so they’d rather have a place that’s quiet and hidden so that they won’t be disturbed as they go through their life cycle.

Arizona Oriental offers our moth treatment to every wool rug that comes into our shop, and if you’re planning on storing your rugs for a long period of time, we even offer a breathable wrapping to further protect your rugs from other pests.  We’re here for all of your rug care needs, no matter what!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime! 

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and much of the Northern Arizona areas.  We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.  Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care. 

Give us a call for more information about preventing moth infestations in area rugs at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 04-23-2020

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