What are Indian Meal Moths?

If you were asked to name the most common household pests, what would you come up with? Chances are you would mention ants or wasps, perhaps termites or bed bugs. You likely would not come up with the India meal moth. But chances are high you have these moths in your home now, as they are probably the most common pest found in the pantry or kitchen.

blog3How do you know if you have an Indian meal moth infestation? Chances are you have seen an Indian meal moth crawling around – or in! – your grain, cereal, cornmeal, flower, pet food, etc. These moths are the most popular residents of a home, believe it or not. Even more alarming is the fact that spotting these little moths in your grains is no indication that your home is unclean. Rather, most of these moths are brought in through tainted food from an infested store or supermarket or packed with food items that have already been infected.

Indian meal moths only live for six days after becoming a moth; their primary goal is to simply reproduce. Their eggs are laid in the food and they make many webs in the food items they have infested, so all infested food will need to be thrown out.

How can Indian meal moths be treated? While you can treat the problem yourself to an extent by wiping all your containers and making sure you clean the cupboards and shelves and storing your food in airtight containers, there is very little you can do to stop an infestation once it has started. Besides, you don’t want to spray too many chemicals around if you don’t need to. If sanitation can only take you so far and you notice moths flying around the house at night, you need to call an integrated pest management expert.

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