Fabric pests are insects that feed on and damage natural fibers, synthetics, animal hair, fur, feathers, horns, hoofs,
clothing, upholstery, carpeting, draperies, linens and other fabrics. Some of these pests are able to digest and
utilize the animal protein keratin as an energy source and, therefore, feed on hides, furs, hair, feathers, animal
horns, clothing, carpets, rugs, fabrics, lint, wood, silk and preserved insects and other museum specimens.
Several fabric pests are also important stored-products pests (such as black carpet beetles, silverfish and
firebrats). Destroy all badly infested materials. Routinely clean out your closets and discard or donate woolens
and susceptible clothing which no longer fit or are no longer used. If you have insulation which is of a plant or
animal origin, remove it from the structure. Inspect for and remove any nest, dead animal or bird carcasses that
may be in wall voids, chimneys or fireplace areas. Keep accumulation of lint to a minimum and vacuum thoroughly
with a HEPA filter in areas where hair and other natural fibers accumulate. Thoroughly clean all heating ducts
and cold air returns at least once per year. Remove all bird, insect and rodent nests in the fall before the start of
cool weather. Always wash or dry clean woolens before storing them for the summer. Place cleaned or washed
woolens in tightly sealed, insect-free chests or plastic bags.