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How to Control Almond Mothsalmond moth

While the Indian Mealmoth is the more common pantry pest which infests food storage areas, the lesser known almond moth is just as damaging and contaminating then its close cousin. Also called the Tropical Warehouse Moth, almond moths are found all over the world, often discovered invading imported cargo. The almond moth derives its name from the fact that it enjoys eating almonds as well as a variety of other nuts that are stored in pantries like walnuts and peanuts.

Adult almond moths are usually gray with a wingspan of about ½ to ¾ of an inch. Their wings are brownish- or blackish-gray with the wing base lighter than the wing tip. Fully-grown larvae are cream colored and have stripes. It is during this larvae stage that almond moths do the most damage. Female moths lay between 200 to 400 eggs which are as small as that head of a pin and once hatched, almond moth larvae will begin to ravage food around them. Items contaminated by the almond moth usually have a silk-like webbing left behind.

If you have an infestation of almond moths, there is a way to put an end to their invasion. Solutions Pest and Lawn knows just how to get rid of these pesky bugs like the almond moth and can help you to clear your pantry of them once and for all with our helpful advice and products which deliver satisfying results.

 

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How to Get Rid of Almond Moths: Solutions 4 Step Process:

Eliminating an almond moth infestation doesn’t have to be difficult. What’s most important is to have the right approach when implementing a control program. Solutions Pest & Lawn recommends a control approach which includes a combination of exclusion measures, applying control products like safe-to-use insecticides and traps as well as discarding all food infested by the offending pest. Check out our 4 step process below to learn how to properly dispose of invading almond moths in your pantry.


Step 1
:  Almond moth control starts with a careful inspection of any suspicious areas. Identify the source of the infestation and remove the product immediately from your storage area. While you’re at it, clear out your entire pantry and check every item just to be on the safe side. Check the food for signs of the almond moths themselves or almond moth webbing. Any foods that are open and un-infested should be sealed in plastic containers rather than their original packaging.


Step 2:
  Once the infested items have been discarded, we suggest conducting a thorough cleaning of pantry and storage shelves. Vacuum and sweep up areas, sucking up larvae and eggs. Completely clean up surfaces using soap and water and spray disinfectant.


Step 3:
 Once cleaning and sanitation is complete, pesticide treatment should be applied. Apply a residual insecticide spray. An easy to use aerosol like Novacide Flea & Tick Killer or CB PCO Insect Fogger are excellent options then follow up with an Insect Growth Regulator Gentrol Point Source IGR, which is also available in an aerosol spray and has a crack and crevice tip for easy application. 


Step 4:
 Use pheromone specific traps to catch almond moths if you are weary of using pesticides. Dispose of old unwanted food and seal all cracks and crevices with caulk and paint in your pantry to ensure no areas of harborage are available.


Following these steps carefully and being meticulous in your approach will ensure you that your almond moths problem will be a thing of the past. Browse our almond moth eliminating products below and as always you can contact us if you are in need of suggestions or advice, we are always available either via live chat, phone or email.

 

Learn More About Almond Moths

Almond moths are a common pantry pest found in facilities which house dried food products in storage. This pantry moth is called the almond moth in particular because it is often found infesting stored almonds.

 

Aside from almonds however, the almond moth is not exclusive to just this one nut and will readily feed on many species of nut, such as walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts and many other nut types.

 

Almond months will also feed on dried fruit, figs, dates, cocoa beans, seeds and grains. Although they have an attraction for the same pheromone as the indian meal moth, they will be even more drawn to the lure of pheromone traps specifically made for almond moths.

 

What Does An Almond Moth Look Like?

The almond moth can reach about 1/2 inch in length (13mm) to ¾ inch (20 mm), with a wingspread of about three quarters of an inch (20 mm). Newly emerged almond moth adults have a dual-colored wing. The outer half of the wing is covered with gray/brown colored scales while the top portion is a darker beige color.

 

The larva stage of the almond moth is 1/2 inch in length(13 mm) and is colored dirty white with brown or purple dots on its back. The appearance is similar to a maggot or similar work like creature during this phase of development.

 

Almond Moth Life Cycle

Similar to most other pantry pests, the almond moth undergoes a complete metamorphosis. This means that the almond moth starts out as an egg deposited by a female adult, hatches into a larvae, goes into the pupation phase and then finally emerges a fully developed adult almond moth.

 

Typically, the amount of time it takes for the almond moth to go from egg to adult at an ideal room temperature with a sufficient food source is approximately 35 days. The objective of mating and egg laying goes into effect almost immediately after adults emerge from the pupa (cocoon). Adult moths do not feed and die within 7 – 10 days. In that small span of time, female adult almond moths can lay anywhere between 200 to 400 tiny, white eggs that are the size of the head of a pin either on or near the dried food source that they have infested and have been consuming.

 

What Does The Almond Moth Diet Consist of?

Most of the eating and damage is done by the larvae phase of the almond moth. The larvae is not a picky eater and will devour whatever food they were deposited on as eggs and hatched out of.

 

The almond moth likes to feast upon grains, seeds, tree nuts, cereals, dried fruits, powdered milk, bird seed, dried pet foods and numerous other stored food products. The almond moth larvae prefer broken grains to whole grains and they also would rather consume coarser grades of flour as well as graham flour and corn meal.

 

Signs of An Almond Moth Infestation

If you are worried about almond moths possibly invading your pantry, you will have to confirm your suspicious by examining your pantry closely. Look for the adult almond moths flying around areas where nuts, dried foods, pet food or bird seed is stored. The larvae will often be found underneath the protective layer of webbing inside a container of stored food products, devouring the contents relentlessly.

 

The almond moth larvae will continue to stay within the food product and eat until they have gotten enough of their fill to go into pupation. Then the almond moth will proceed to crawl up to the joint of the ceiling and the wall or some secluded corner, nook or cranny of the pantry to make its cocoon.

 

Carefully look through food containers, boxes and bags containing nuts and dried food goods insearch of the presence of adult moths, larvae, or even the pupation cocoons they make often in the corners of bags or the top corners of boxes.

 

Prepping For Almond Moth Control With An Inspection/Sanitation

If you do happen to have almond moths in your pantry or food storage area you will need to carry out an almond moth control program quickly. Any delay and the almond moth population can grow larger and potentially spread to foods in your pantry which haven’t been infested yet. No one wants to have to toss out all the food in your pantry because everything has been contaminated.

 

A good control program starts with a good inspection. To do this, begin by clearing out all of your pantry shelves, cabinets and cupboards where you have noticed almond moths or are suspicious of almond moth activity.

 

You will need to go through all your boxed food and check them all for traces of almond moths. Any item where they have been spotted needs to be disposed of immediately by sealing them in a plastic bag. This will help to contain the almond moths until your garbage is taken away by the garbage man.

 

The smart thing to do if you find a angoumois grain moth infestation is to toss out EVERYTHING you have in your pantry and essentially start from scratch. This may sound drastic but it may be necessary so you can make sure that the angoumois grain moth will no longer from your food.  This may not sound like an appealing option but you don’t want to leave any food item to chance.

 

If you don’t wish to discard all your stored dried foods, then you will need to go through and carefully inspect everything (which may take quite a bit of time which is why we suggest starting your pantry over from scratch and tossing everything out as a time saving measure). Open all your boxes, even ones that are brand new and unopened and check. If there are some that you aren’t sure about, place the item in a plastic bag and seal it. If there are almond moths in the suspected item, they will try to escape after some time. In this case, toss the food item away immediately. If nothing comes out, you can safely assume that the food is not contaminated or infested.

 

The Best Control Treatments For Managing Almond Moths

Once the entire pantry has been cleared out and you have gotten rid of the infested foods the almond moths were in, you can then move on to insecticide treatments.  

 

We highly recommend prior to using any pest control products that you first vacuum the entire interior of your pantry as well as your cupboards, cabinets and all other previous infested areas that will be treated.

 

This helps by sucking up some almond moths eggs and pupae that may be resting in a crack or crevice as well as any crumbs or grains that have spilled which can be food for a lingering almond moths larvae.

 

When laying eggs, almond moths release a substance similar to glue which they use to protect their young, attaching them to surfaces so they won’t be displaced and close to food so when they’ll be hatched and ready to eat, the food is right there for them. Though vacuuming helps, vacuuming alone will not totally eliminate your almond moth infestation.



Best Aerosol Spray To Treat Almond Moths

After doing a thorough cleanup, vacuuming and sanitizing of the targeted areas, you can then move on to chemical control. There are a number of products which we recommend for almond moths treatment, such as an aerosol spray which can easily get into those hard to reach corners, cracks and crevices.

 

The first option is Novacide Flea & Tick Killer. This product contains little to no odor and works quickly. Use Novacide directly by spraying them in your pantry, cupboards, under the sink and in closets if you’ve seen them trying to eat clothing and fabric. This aerosol spray also comes with a straw applicator tip which you can attach to spray those cracks and crevices where adults and larvae commonly hideout.

 

Don’t forget that almond moths are very small, move quickly and hide really well when threatened. Also, since they’re able to fly, they can be difficult to find and kill on contact. That’s why this product has a residual effect. Once you spray, let the place air out and the product dry and after an hour you can place everything back in the pantry.

 

It may be wise to treat on a routine basis every two weeks until you do not see any more almond moth activity. Once they are eliminated from your pantry, you can use Novacide quarterly to keep them away.

 

Now if you are not sure where the almond moths are hiding out, you could use CB PCO Insect Fogger. This fogging product can be set up in the pantry and will thoroughly cover all the areas where they are hiding that are hard to get to. You will need to open all cabinets and suspected areas and leave the home for a few hours as the fogging chemicals do their job and fumigate the area.

 

The Best Product For Treating Almond Moth Eggs


Most of the insecticides we recommend will kill adult almond moths, but not the eggs. To put a stop to the developing eggs you will need an insect growth regulator. These work as a form of birth control, putting a halt on the development process so eggs don’t hatch and larvae doesn’t develop. We recommend Gentrol Aerosol Insect Growth Regulator.

 

Now it’s important to understand how Gentrol works. An IGR does not kill adult almond moths, it only targets almond moth eggs and larvae. It is essentially not a killer of eggs, it just makes it so they don’t develop and function normally.

 

This is accomplished by Gentrol mimicking a vital protein the young almond moths need to grow and disrupts the life cycle process. This disruption results in the stalling of their development, leading to death and making it so a new generation of almond moths does not come to be..

 

Capture Almond Moths With Pantry Moth Traps

Finally, we highly recommend installing Pro-Pest Pantry Moth & Beetle Traps for almond moths. These traps contain powerful pheromones or sex attractants to lure adult almond moths towards it. Once the unsuspecting almond moths crawls or flies toward the trap, glue like adhesive will capture them and they are toast.

 

Install these traps after you have treated the area with insecticide. This is also a helpful way to monitor the almond moths infestation. If you’ve done a good job spraying, the traps may only capture a few almond moths. If you see a lot on these traps, you may have missed a spot and should retreat the area.

 

Place these traps in the back of each pantry shelf or cabinet. 1 should be enough per shelf or cabinet. These products last for 1 to 2 months so you may need to replace them until you no longer have a almond moth problem.

 

Preventing a Reinfestation of Almond Moths

Once you have eliminated the almond moth infestation, don’t assume that you will never encounter a pantry pest ever again. Almond moths can very well make a comeback and it could be out of your control. It’s as simple as unknowingly buying a product from a grocery store shelf which is infested with almond moths and bringing it home and boom, the almond moth problem has returned.

 

To prevent this from happening make sure to not have an excess of food cluttering your pantries and cabinets. Also make sure to wipe up and clean any spills and toss away old food items that you haven’t been eating. You can spray the products we’ve suggested from time to time as a preventative measure as well as set traps to monitor future activity. Checking food items when you bring them home is also something you may have to do to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

 

As long as you maintain cleanliness and are diligent about examining the food you purchase, even ones you newly bought from the store, you will keep the almond moths away for good.

 

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