How To Get Rid Of Indian Meal Moths In My Twin Falls Home

October 15, 2021

Moths: The ugly butterfly. Most moths are harmless, but a few of them can be a real nuisance. The Indian meal moth is one such insect. It is a prolific, tough variant of moth that thrives in tropical climates but can live in a variety of conditions, making it a difficult pest to eradicate.

an indian meal moth in a pantry

What Are Indian Meal Moths?

These moths were named by an insect scientist who saw one eating cornmeal, once called Indian meal. Indian meal moths have been up to the same antics since 1856, and we know you don’t want them laying their eggs in your pantry foods. Not sure how to identify an Indian meal moth? Look out for these characteristics.

Indian Meal Moths:

  • Grow up to ⅝ of an inch in length

  • Have long, oval-shaped bodies

  • Have six legs and two antennae

  • The tips of their wings have a copper-red coloring.

  • Can chew through thin cardboard and plastic packaging

  • Eat dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, and many other non-perishable foods one may store in their pantries

  • Adults are nocturnal and fly long distances to forage

  • Lay eggs in their food source, and their larvae leave silken threads on the surface, making infested food clumpy

  • Most active in the summer all over the world over their 4-week lifecycle

Because these pests can cause long-term and financial problems, it’s important to stay on top of prevention and eradication. To prevent Indian meal moths, there are a few things you can try.

How To Prevent An Infestation

The best means for dealing with most pests is prevention, especially with the Indian meal moths. Unfortunately, it may be a case of bad luck that brings these pests into your home. Indian meal moths love food packaging and storage facilities and may make their home in your food before you’ve ever purchased it. Check food packages for clumps and lumpiness thoroughly before putting them into hard plastic containers for storage.

To keep from having to throw out food by the trashcan-full, try these prevention tips:

  • Keep food stored in hard, sealed plastic containers.

  • Eat food within 2 to 4 months of purchase.

  • Regularly sort through your pantry foods to get rid of old packages.

  • Keep your cabinets clean of spills and sticky messes. Sanitize regularly.

  • Fill in cracks and crevices in the cabinets with caulk to prevent bits of food from collecting there.

  • Keep pet food in a sealed plastic container and wash before reuse.

  • Check your home and windows for cracks and seal them with silicone-based caulk.

Indian meal moths are not easy to get rid of, so if prevention doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Owyhee Environmental Can Tackle Your Meal Moth Problem

Indian meal moths are tough pests with good hiding spots. Before they ruin hundreds of dollars worth of food, call Owyhee Environmental. Our thorough inspection will catch any hard-to-reach pests, and our prevention and eradication techniques will keep your home clean and protected for the months and years to come.

Not only do we offer emergency, same-day services for any extreme situations, but we will also inspect and give a quote for your everyday pest problems for free. We offer both residential pest control as well as commercial pest management solutions. Call Owyhee Environmental for your Twin Falls pest problems and to talk about our satisfaction-guaranteed services. At Owyhee Environmental, we don’t let our friends do bugs.

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