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What Every Souderton Homeowner Ought To Know About Indian Meal Moths

February 10, 2021


Whether there is an active pest problem on your Souderton property or not, regular critter management is a wise thing to partake in. Many insects and creatures are known for creeping into homes and then breeding with speed. Considering that the majority does some kind of harm, this fact is bad news. Some will tear away at your abode’s structure, as others will destroy individual belongings. A vast amount can spread illness-causing bacteria, or taint food and surfaces. Indian meal moths are an example of bugs that can ruin your grub.

Indian meal moths, also referred to as pantry moths, might be the worst pests to have in a kitchen. These perilous insects are usually able to get by undetected. Take a few moments to read about them now, so you’ll know how to prevent them with Moyer Pest Control.

an indian meal moth in a kicthen pantry

How Do Indian Meal Moths Look & Behave? What Are the Dangers?

Indian meal moths are quite small, as they are only 0.37 of an inch long. Even their grayish wingspan exceeds that, at 0.62 of an inch. The bronze or brown tinting at the bottom is a characteristic that sets them apart in appearance from other moths.Their larvae have brown heads and pink, yellow-green, or cream bodies and these babies do the most damage.

Food factories often have to confront Indian meal moths. They will penetrate packaging and release their eggs while it’s on the distribution line. In a particularly humid environment, their procreation will go without a hitch. As soon as the larvae emerge, they will begin feasting on things like:

  • Fruit

  • Grains

  • Rice

  • Flour

  • Spices

  • Dry goods

  • Pet food

The transmission of, or exposure to diseases and parasites by Indian meal moths is not a concern. However, cuisine contamination can still occur because of their webbing and fecal waste. Also, flavoring can change and mold spores may pop up. If it isn’t already obvious, anything these insects have affected should be discarded. The signs of infestation are simply seeing them or their larvae. Not to be misidentified as fabric pests, Indian meal moths will soar off to various rooms and huddle under dim lights.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Indian Meal Moths?

Unfortunately, there’s no manipulating the processes and pest remediation of any food plant. It’s the same for grocery stores. That doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to having to deal with Indian meal moths though. Here are some options you have as a homeowner to protect what hits your dinner table:

  • Thoroughly clean your cabinets and pantries, first pull out all of the items. Then, scrub and sanitize the interiors. Do this on a regular basis. 

  • Take a look at what you’ve removed. Throw out items that are expired, have any rips, or seem to have been marred by moths. Do this for pet food too. 

    Inspect grocery store products before making a purchase. 

  • Seal holes in foundations, ceilings, and appliances.

  • Use glass or plastic containers that are airtight for meal storage, be it for domestic animals or humans.

How Can Moyer Pest Control Help With Indian Meal Moths?

 You may be tempted to try to eradicate Indian meal moths on your own, but that’s not a good idea. “At home” tricks and retail goods often fall short. If they’re effective at all, it won’t get to the heart of an infestation. The instructions are typically complicated, and you run the risk of polluting food further. There also might be lethal side-effects. Contact us at Moyer Pest Control instead. Same day or next day services are available by our licensed technicians in many cases. They’ll use fast-acting treatments approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate moths. Don't hesitate to call us at Moyer Pest Control today!

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