Indian Meal Moths usually take up residence in areas of your home or business where flour and grain products are stored.
The Indian Meal Moth goes through several life stages to adulthood. However, the presence of adult meal moths is usually what alerts the resident to an infestation.
The life cycle of an Indian Meal Moth can take place over anywhere between 30 and 300 days, depending on temperature and food source. The nocturnal adult female can lay up to 400 eggs in an 18 day cycle with fertilisation occurring just 3 days after emergence. As discussed, the eggs are laid directly on to the food source.
The larvae are surface feeders causing damage to your food products by spinning silk that hoards fecal matter, skin castings and egg shells. When they are ready to pupate, the larvae will leave the food source looking for somewhere to spin a cocoon. This is why it can sometimes be difficult to find the source of the infestation and why people often mistake these pests for clothing moths when they find them in other areas away from the kitchen.
The best prevention is to never let them in to your home. Here are some things to consider in day-to-day life:
In many cases infestations are small and can be resolved, by the resident, with a thorough clean. First and foremost, all infested food must be discarded. Examine everything for evidence, keeping in mind Indian Meal Moths are capable of chewing through unopened cardboard and plastic packaging. The important thing is to find and eliminate the source. Following that, all spilled foods must be cleaned up and the area scrubbed with soap and hot water making sure to remove and destroy any cocoons found.
However if you find yourself overwhelmed, OnSite’s treatment consists of a light aerosol application for an initial “knock-down” follow by a residual spray that is applied to the cracks and crevices of cupboards and effected areas following proper preparation by the resident. All our Indian Meal Moth Treatments are covered by a 6 month warranty.