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Moths:  The most common household moth is known as the Indian meal moth or the pantry moth.


Indian meal moths: One of the most common pests of food found in the home. Occasionally the Indian meal moth can be confused with the common clothes moth that you find in your wardrobes or dressing room. Unlike the clothes moth the meal moth (pantry moth) feeds off of the same food that we do.  The moth is generally introduced into the home within food stuffs that have been purchased in a store that has an infestation. In its immature state the insect can crawl into other food items and spread the infestation throughout your pantry or throughout a store’s produce. You may find Indian meal moths within other rooms of the home, this is because of their instinct to follow light Your pantry light is not on as often as others within the home so this may attract them to other areas that aren’t necessarily infected.


How to control Indian meal moths: If you find that you have an infestation it is important to take a two pronged approach. First of all clean out the entire pantry, or as much as you are able to, clean all shelves and remove any webbing or cacoons. It is extremely important to remove any food products that have been infested, it is better to be safe than sorry so if you are in doubt throw it out! Once you have emptied the pantry and removed all suspect items it is highly recommended that you call a professional pest control company. If you prefer to try D.I.Y options first then you can find pheromone stick pads at selected local hardware stores.


Moth breeding facts: It’s a terrible thought but it is very likely that you have ingested parts of a panty moth or their larvae at some point in time, pantry moth are becoming more and more common and sometimes you may not even notice a subtle infestation. Larvae are generally white in colour with a brown head and measure around 12mm. A standard growth into adulthood is usually 30-60 days with good food supply. Moths can lay up to 400 eggs within food and they will begin to hatch in as little as 2 days and can take up to 2 weeks. Larvae commonly feed on dry foods such as grains, pasta, rice and flour along with other food items. Even if your pantry is completely empty it is easy to miss silk cocoons in small crevices which then create a re-infestation and this sends you back to square one!


What Protector Pest Control can do: Protector Pest Control will work with you to cover all areas to prevent re-infestation, in most cases 1 treatment is enough however occasionally in situations with a more severe infestation further treatments may be required. It is extremely important that all suspect items are to be discarded and that your pantry is cleaned from top to bottom including all crevices and underneath of cabinetry. It is very important to do both of the above in conjunction so that you are covering all areas and therefore receiving better results.