Indianmeal “Pantry” Moth

Indianmeal “Pantry” Moth

Indianmeal moths are perhaps one of the most disgusting of pantry infestations. They infest a wide variety of food such as cereal, bread, pasta, rice, flour, spices, nuts, etc. Moth larvae can chew through cardboard and thin plastic, so even packages that have not been opened are susceptible to their destruction. They have also been found in dried plant and flower arrangements. The Indianmeal moth is one of the most common stored-food pests in homes and grocery stores.

The larvae are surface feeders and they cover their food with a webbing made of silk. This webbing accumulates fecal pellets and cast skins in the food products, which is why all food products that have been breached need to be treated as contaminated and completely thrown out. When examining your pantry for susceptibility, remember to check on packages of food that have been stored for an extended period of time or foods that are loosely packaged. Clear all contents that have been breached, thoroughly clean and sanitize every shelf, vacuuming any crumbs that remain. Pay close attention to any nooks or crannies where food and crumbs can become trapped and hidden – this will continue to attract pests. Clean all food storage areas with soap and water before replacing any contents.

A professional treatment and assessment are best to ensure the problem does not persist. If you think you have a pantry moth problem, give us a call today!

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