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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.

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.


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