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Indian Meal Moth – Pest Control and Extermination Service 2017-05-02T20:39:39+00:00

Project Description

Complete Pest Control and Extermination of Indian Meal Moth.

Indian Meal Moths are among the most common Pests that infests grains and food products.

It is the larvae stage of the moth that causes most damage to infested foods. Usually the infestation originates by bringing in some infested food product. Then with time and availablitity of further food, the problem baloons. Most of the grains, nuts and seeds are an excellent food source for Indian meal moth. Usually infested grains are not in a flour form.

The adult stage of the Indian meal moth is about 1.5″ in length, generally gray in color with the bronzy wing tips.

We exterminate Moths  by employing insecticide spray or fog in the problem areas of the structure. For indoor treatment, the premises would need to be vacated before the treatment can being. Occupants can return after 4 hours after the application.

We employ commercially registered insecticide application to get rid of Moths of all kinds. Our service includes a 7 months limited warranty.

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Indian Meal Moth
When insects are detected in food products, attention should first be given to identifying all sources of infestation within the home. Check all susceptible food items in cupboards, paying particular attention to items that have not been used for a long period of time. Bird seed, dry dog food, fish food and other such materials are commonly infested items that should not be overlooked.

The physical presence of the insects is the most obvious means of detecting areas of infestation. The presence of webbing is an easy means of detecting items infested by Indian meal moth. Larvae wandering from the infested food items are a symptom that is commonly first detected in the fall of the year. Also, the small brown moths may be seen fluttering about, usually between October and January.

However, if the situation is out of hand or does not improve by your efforts or if you have a low tolerance of these Pests, your only choice may be to have a professional Moths extermination service.

  • As a routine precaution, materials suspected of harboring developing meal moth larvae should be treated by freezing after purchase. Purchasing smaller amounts of food and rapidly using food products after purchase also prevents infestations from being established from insects brought in on the food.

  • Items infested by Indian meal moth should be immediately discarded or temperature treated in a manner to kill the insect. Cold treatment can involve putting infested items in deep freeze for 3-4 days. Effectiveness of this treatment is improved by alternating freezing treatments with a periodic rewarming to room temperatures is particularly effective for control. High temperature treatments involve oven heating at 133-1400 (F) for 20 minutes. Injury to the food is possible with excessively high temperature treatments.

  • Heat or cold treated objects are capable of being reinfested so they should be kept in the refrigerator or stored into tight fitting containers until household infestations have been eliminated. Adult Indian meal moths deprived of food might live 3 to 5 weeks. Often bleach or other sanitizing agents are used during this clean up phase. These can kill a few exposed insects and eggs. However, they have not residual effects and provide little additional insect control unless the spilled foods are completely eliminated.

  • Eggs are laid by the adult moths near suitable food, such as along cracks or folds of packages. The newly hatched larvae are very small and are capable of penetrating into loosely closed packaging. Upon reaching a suitable food, they begin to feed. Development can be rapid under favorable conditions and the larvae ultimately reach a length of about one-half inch. Pupation then occurs after which the adult moths emerge. Adult female moths are then capable of laying 200-400 eggs during their lifetime of several weeks. Complete development of the Indian meal moth varies due to temperature and food but typically requires at least a month to complete.
  • Feeding damage is done by the larvae (‘worms’) which are usually light colored (pale yellow to pink) with a dark head. When feeding the larvae produce webbing that is mixed with food particles and droppings.
  • Contamination and Irrecoverable Damage of food items.
  • Adults fluttering around the house causing aesthetic damage.

IMPORTANT: Leave Moth extermination to professional exterminators.

Infestation Detection

While the infestation is in it’s infancy, there will be no flying adult moths. So usually, by the time people notice flying moths, the infestation has progressed well. It’s important to carefully inspect all stored foods as well any spillage, etc.
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Larvae in Rice

Physical Traps

There are several kinds of physical traps that attract adult flying moths and capture them. However, this technique does not attack the root of the problem. Often times a professional insecticides application is indeed required.
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Clothing Moths on Glue Trap

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Insecticides

Insecticides may be in the form of a Spray, Dust, or Fog. Characteristics of application of these methods are:

  • Pests are targeted directly by insecticides.

  • Pest nesting and hiding areas are treated.

  • Pest foraging and feeding spots are treated .

  • Pest entry and exit points are treated.

  • Pests egg laying spots are targeted.

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How to Prepare?

Please do following prep.

  • Clear out and Clean areas and spaces where Pests are seen.

  • Vacate property including pets before Insecticides Application.

  • Stay out for 4 hours.

  • Consider shutting down Air systems.

  • Insecticides Fog may falsely trigger smoke alarm.

  • Some insecticides may have a petro-chemicals like smell that lingers for a few days.