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Fabric pests include moths and many beetle species that feed on the natural protein 'Keratin'. This can be found in any fabric 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 clothing, carpets, upholstered furniture.
  • Contamination of food and fabric–based goods.
  • Damage to historic artifacts.

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.

The most commonly encountered fabric pest species in the U.S., include the varied carpet beetle and the black carpet beetle. Other fabric pests frequently encountered in homes and businesses, include psocids, firebrats, silverfish, case-making clothes moths and brown house moths.

Call Ehrlich today at 800-837-5520 or contact us online to setup a FREE inspection of your property.

Signs of fabric pests

See how to identify common signs of a fabric pest infestation

Ehrlich’s fabric pest control services

We have been trusted for over 85 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 United States, while leveraging an international knowledge base.

Experts in pest control - our technicians are trained monthly on the best technologies and processes for treating fabric 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 Entotherm heat treatment offers a unique non-chemical solution to fabric pests, as effective as other more traditional methods.

Call us today at 800-837-5520 or contact us online to arrange an inspection of your property and identify the need for professional treatment.

Treating fabric pests

Hygiene plays a vital role in both the prevention and treatment of fabric pests. However, keeping your property clean cannot alone prevent fabric pest infestations. At Ehrlich, 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 include a combination of:

  • Non-chemical treatments - includes thorough vacuuming, washing and correct storage advice to protect items in long-term storage.
  • Specialized heat treatment - our Entotherm 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.

Traditional insecticidal treatments - including surface and space sprays to deeply penetrate infested fabric items.

Ehrlich’s fabric pest treatments

We have been trusted for over 85 years to provide expert pest control solutions for both homes and businesses.

Our experience in treating fabric 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 at 1-800-837-5520 for immediate help with treating fabric 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 fabric 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 fabric pests.

Entotherm heat treatment

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

Using the method of heat treatment, Entotherm eliminates all life stages of insects in just one treatment, thus minimizing any disruption.

Entotherm 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 133°F and 140°F – high enough to kill pests rapidly, but without causing any structural damage.

Insecticidal control

Our insecticidal control solutions involve the careful use of insecticides in areas identified with signs of an infestation. 

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.

We use a variety of insecticidal application techniques that are customized to your specific pest situation.

Call Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online to book a FREE inspection of your home or business to identify the need for fabric pest treatment.

Types of fabric pests

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Identify your pest

Identifying a pest that you have encountered is an essential first step in dealing with any pest infestation. Pest ID helps you identify common pests.