indian meal moth infesting grain

HOW TO IDENTIFY INDIAN MEAL MOTHS

Adult Indian meal moths can grow to be about 3/8th of an inch long with a wingspan that reaches about 5/8th of an inch.  Indian meal moths are easily distinguishable because of their wings which are gray in color except for the back half which are a rusty red color.  The larvae of the Indian meal moth are caterpillar-like with dark brown heads.  Their bodies are cream colored; however, they sometimes have a yellowish-green or pink tint to them.

WHY DO I HAVE AN INDIAN MEAL MOTH PROBLEM?

The most common way a home becomes infested with Indian meal moths is by purchasing goods from the store that are already infested with their larvae.  Indian meal moths can be found infesting things like dry pet food, birdseed, cereal, dry mixes, bread, pasta, rice, flour, spices, and nuts.

Indian meal moths can also infest a home when adults enter through cracks and gaps found around exterior windows and doors.  Once inside, they will lay their eggs in dry goods found in your kitchen and pantry areas.

ARE INDIAN MEAL MOTHS DANGEROUS?

Indian meal moths are not considered to be dangerous to people since they do not bite or sting.  They are considered to be nuisance pests because adults will lay their eggs in food products. Once the eggs are hatched, the larvae will then feed on and contaminate food found in your kitchen and pantry areas.

INDIAN MEAL MOTH PREVENTION TIPS

As a homeowner there are some easy steps you can take to help lessen the chances of Indian meal moths invading your home, kitchen, and pantry.

Indian meal moth prevention tips:

  • Inspect dry goods before purchasing them. Check the packaging for tears and holes; don’t purchase items if any are found.
  • Store dry goods and dry pet food in plastic or glass sealed containers that have tight fitting lids.  Don’t keep dry goods in their original packaging.
  • Regularly rotate food in your pantry, discarding older or expired items.
  • Immediately clean up spills and crumbs in cabinets and pantry areas
  • Make sure to store trash in outdoor trash cans with tight fitting lids and store them a distance from the exterior of your home.

HOW DO I CONTROL INDIAN MEAL MOTHS?

If Indian meal moths have become a nuisance in your home, you should never try to solve the problem on your own.  Instead, you should immediately contact Russell’s Pest Control.  Our professionals understand how frustrating an Indian meal moth infestation can be and will take the necessary steps to quickly and safely eliminate them from your home.

Once the current problem with Indian meal moths is taken care of, future problems with Indian meal moths and other common household pests can be controlled through our year-round Power Platinum home pest control program.

 

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