What Are Indian Meal Moths?

by Housetech Pest Control on January 9, 2013

What Are Indian Meal Moths?   
Indian meal moths are simply another type of moth
 that can easily become a pest if left unchecked.  Most people familiar with moths may automatically associate them with fabric damage since the larvae of most moths will eat everything from wool to silk before maturing into an adult that will only eat nectar.  However, Indian meal moths are different in that their larvae are not interested in fabrics for food.  Indian Meal Moth

Moths will lay their eggs in a variety of locations that contain the right food for their larvae.  Once the larvae hatch they will feed upon the food in that location before eventually create a cocoon and transform into an adult moth.  Adult Indian meal moths will not eat the same foods and eat nectar, sap, and juice from fruits instead.   

What Do They Infest?  
The larvae of the Indian meal moth will eat a variety of things, and the adults will lay eggs anywhere that they find suitable.  This can include dry pet food, flour, dried fruit, cereal, flowers that bear seeds, and even squirrel or rat nests where there are nuts and seeds to be found.   

Initially it may not seem like something to worry about if your flour is still in its packaging and hasn’t even been opened.  Don’t let this fool you because Indian meal moth larvae will chew through unopened packaging in order to get at the food inside.  If you discover holes in packaging or if you see a silken webbing around or on food, you may very well have an infestation on your hands.  

What Next?  
If you discover an Indian meal moth problem you should contact a pest control company in order to stop the infestation.  It simply is not a matter of hoping that once the larvae transform into adults they will go away.  Moths that are trapped in your home may still be able to breed and lay more eggs.  It is also important to remember that the moths were able to get in the first time – they may easily be able to get in again and again.   

Larvae can be difficult to locate if you do not know what to look for.  A Ross Environmental Solutions pest control technician will be knowledgeable about Indian meal moths and will know where to look for immature moths.  You may see them checking cracks, crevices, removing food, and checking the walls as well as the ceiling for moth larvae.  When they find what they are looking for, you can be certain that Indian meal moths won’t be around to bother you again.

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