Indian Meal Moth


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Indian meal moths are one of the most common stored product pests found in homes, food processing plants, grain storage and processing facilities. The larva prefer to feed on coarsely ground flour and meal but also commonly feed on whole grains, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, beans, crackers, dry dog food and more.

The larva produce a silky web over the surface of food materials. This webbing is a tale-tale sign that most homeowners notice first. However, some homeowners will notice the adult moth flying around the pantry and kitchen areas.

BASIC BIOLOGY

Females lay 100 to 400 eggs over an 18-day period at night on the larval food source. The life cycle lasts from 25 to 135 days. Usual there are four to six generations per year depending on the food supply and temperature.

CONTROL MEASURES

Indian meal moth control starts by identifying the infested product and the breeding sites. Indian meal moths are attracted to light so reducing the amount of night time lighting will help.

All products that are infested should be immediately removed and destroyed. Utilizing plastic, sealed container for storage will assist in stopping the spread of these pests.

Shelves, cracks and crevices should be vacuumed to remove webbing and debris.

Theses areas should also be treated with a residual product.

A professional control process will include:

  • Inspection – Inspect for infested product, webbing and adult moths.
  • Identification – The infested product and breeding sites.
  • Determination – Once you have identified the nesting sites you must determine the proper treatment process. Which treatments will work best for this infestation?
  • Control – Making the correct application of product.
  • Communication – The last part of a successful Indian meal moth control is communication. Our technician reports, what was found during our inspection, what we did about it and what you can expect from our treatment. He will also discuss if further follow up treatments should be scheduled to make sure the problem is solved.
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