Indian Meal Moths are known as “Stored Product Pests” or “Pantry Pests” because they infest a wide range of dry foods, such as cereal, bread, pasta, rice, crackers, seeds, dried fruit, nuts, grains and pet food. The food they are infesting will almost look like it’s webbed together.
If you find larvae or moths in your home, it’s important to throw out all food sources that have not been kept in tightly sealed containers. Indian meal moths can get through surprisingly tight spots, and can chew through sealed bags.
How to Get Rid of Indian Meal Moths
Indian Meal Moths are notorious for being difficult to exterminate. They can sometimes be eliminated by intense heat, extreme cold temperatures or pheromone traps, but these methods are not always effective.
If you notice an infestation in your pantry or kitchen, or cocoons in other areas within your home, it’s best to contact a professional exterminator. For Indian meal moth control in Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls or as far north as Plattsburgh NY, call (518) 745-5958, or complete an online request for a free inspection. You can also contact our moth exterminators in Rutland, Burlington and throughout Western Vermont by calling (802) 855-2978.
About Indian Meal Moths
The life cycle of an Indian Meal Moth is anywhere from 30 to 300 days, and a female moth can lay between 60 and 400 eggs on one food surface. The eggs will hatch in 2 to 14 days, and the larval stage lasts from 2 to 41 weeks, depending on the temperature of their environment. The body of the larva is off-white with brown heads, and at full maturity can be approximately 12mm in length.
Since Indian Meal Moths and other pantry pests lay eggs in stored food products, it’s an unfortunate fact that we will all likely ingest insect eggs at some point in our lives. Insect eggs are naturally protected from the insecticide applications applied to our foods, and some insect eggs pass through, and enter the boxes containing our stored dry foods. If the food sits too long on a store shelf, in your pantry, or a combination of the two, the eggs will eventually hatch into larvae. The larvae then eat their way through the box, turn into pupa casing, and then mature into adult Indian Meal Moths.
If you suspect you have an Indian Meal Moth infestation, please contact us, so that we can provide you with a free inspection and stop the life cycle in a safe, effective manner.