Indian-meal moths are perhaps the most destructive pests in the household as far as the kitchen or the pantry is in the picture. These pests feed on virtually any type of food that humans eat, including grains, cereal, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and pet foods among others. It’s one of the most common household pests in kitchens in North American homes.
At Mega Pest Control, we have a special Indian-meal Moth Control Service to help you control infestation by these pests once and for all in Vancouver and Abbotsford. To better handle infestation by Indian-meal moths, it’s imperative that a homeowner knows a number of facts about these pests.
Indian-meal moth in a nutshell
This insect has a complete metamorphosis which basically includes egg, larva, pupa and adult. The fully grown moth is small in size, about 3/8 inches in length with a 5/8 inch wingspan. The insect has general gray colored wings with the rear half being rusty brown. The pattern of the wings is what makes the insect easily distinguishable from other moths common in a household.
Indian-meal moth habits
The larval stage of the Indian-meal moth can infest most of the dry foods present in a household, including bread, rice, flour, cereal, pasta, dried fruits, nuts, etc. some of the food types that are less infested by these pests include chocolates.
When searching for traces of infestation by Indian-meal moth, don’t forget to check the dried wreath arrangements. Due to their wide range of food suitability, most pest control experts regard them as the most common types of pests that infest stored foods in homes as well as grocery stores.
One of the most common signs of infestation are the larvae and the adults. The adults tend to fly in a rather zigzag movement. They can do this to distant rooms from their point of infestation, thus spreading their coverage around the household. For this reason also, they can also be mistakenly identified as clothing pests. The adult Indian-meal moth does not feed and most take a rest at daytime in dark zones of a house. Most of the damages are caused by the larvae when they spin a large amount of silk accumulating fecal pellets in stored foods. The extent of damage to the stored food actually exceeds the food amount that these pests consume.
Controlling Indian-meal moths
Even though most homeowners prefer doing their DIYs to control these pests due to the cheap cost, in most cases the efforts don’t turn out to be worthwhile. Instead, paying extra for a professional Indian-meal Moth Control Service from Mega Pest Control is a surefire way of getting rid of these pests for good.
Our control program begins with a detailed inspection of your home to identify the infested zones. We pay attention to the places that are known to host these pests including places that hold foods for a longer in the kitchen. Our team of professionals have the appropriate skills and training to handle all levels of infestation in your home. After the inspection, we will be able to determine the best approach to follow so as to achieve a long lasting solution.
In addition, our Indian-meal Moth Control Service utilizes highly effective industry standard insecticides, techniques and skills to ensure that the solution is a long lasting one. Our team of professionals have the appropriate equipment to make it possible to reach all the cracks and crevices among other potential hideouts of these pests.
Our experienced professionals will also advice you on the best approach to keep your stored food so as to deter the pests from reaching it. Moreover, we also have a follow up program once we have applied our effective control solution, just to ensure that your household does not suffer from Indian-meal moth infestation in the near future.