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How To Control Indian Mealmoths
Bugs can come from anywhere. Whether it’s outdoors in your lawn or garden, while out trying to enjoy nature, they can creep up and surprise you. This can especially be the case in your very own pantry if you’re not too careful. Pantry pests such as the Indian mealmoth can infest your pantry and because they can fly, they can be a challenge to get rid of.
While Indian mealmoths can find their way into your pantry to eat your grains and flour, they can also be brought home from the grocery store in any type of wheat or grain pre-packaged item. Indian mealmoths are the most common of all pantry pests. Indian mealmoths typically have two pairs of wings and can vary in size. These mealmoths are known for being bright colored with varying shades of grey or brown to reddish brown.
Moths are at their worst in the larval stage which is the stage when they do the most damage, devouring (and contaminating) dried foods in your pantry. The larvae are cream colored worms with shades of yellow, pink, green, or brown and grow to 1/2 inch long. Once past the larvae stage, the moth becomes a caterpillar.These pests contaminate more food than they actually eat. When mature, they do not feed.
Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn, we know just how to get rid of these pesky bugs like the Indian mealmoth and can help you to clear your pantry of them once and for all with our helpful advice and effective products.
How to Get Rid of Indian Mealmoths: Solutions' 4 Step Process:
Once you realize that your pantry has a Indian mealmoth problem, it actually is quite easy to get rid of them. We here at Solutions Pest & Lawn recommend a control approach which includes a combination of exclusion measures, applying control products like insecticides and discarding all food infested by the offending pest. Check out our 4 step process below to learn how to properly dispose of invading Indian mealmoths in your pantry.
Step One: Identify the source of the infestation and remove the product immediately from your pantry or storage area. We also recommend that all already opened food containers you have be stored in airtight containers made of hard plastic. By doing this step you can prevent further infestation. You will need to completely empty out your pantry and check EVERYTHING. Completing this step properly and being thorough in your approach is half the battle.
Step Two: Once you have decluttered your pantry and removed unwanted foods and foods you feel are infested, vacuum and clean the shelves and surfaces of the pantry. If necessary, use caulking on the cracks and crevices of the shelves and apply fresh paint.
Step Three: 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 Four: Use pheromone specific traps to catch Indian mealmoths that are moving around in your home and then regularly clean the pantry of any spills and clutter. 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 and make cleaning up a breeze.
Following these steps carefully and being meticulous in your approach will ensure you that your Indian mealmoth problem will be a thing of the past. Browse our Indian mealmoth 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.