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There are a number of reasons why having routine pest remediation is a must for all Fort Worth homes and businesses. For number one, insects and creatures are more than capable of damaging your building. For number two, several species will destroy personal belongings or products, such as furniture or whatever your business may distribute. For number three, many critters harbor germs that can make you, your customers, or workers sick. If illnesses aren’t transmitted directly, they can come about through the tainting of food and surfaces. One species that can certainly ruin cuisine and packaging are Indian meal moths.

an indian meal moth on a food bag

Indian meal moths, also called pantry moths, are a nightmare to have in the kitchen or on the production line. Taking the time right now to learn more about them may protect you from disasters. By obtaining an understanding of their function, you’ll know how to stop their invasions with the help of All-Safe Pest & Termite. 

Where Do Indian Meal Moths Come From? What Are the Risks?

Indian meal moths are fairly dainty, being 0.37 of an inch long. Their mostly gray wings extend to 0.62 of an inch and the tips are a brown or bronze tint. The varied shading is one feature that visually distinguishes these moths from others. Their brown-headed larvae are cream, pink, or yellow-green. You must recall this detail because it’s the young that cause damage.

 

When edible materials are being wrapped and dispersed in factories, adult Indian meal moths find their way inside the packaging and they lay eggs. If the space is particularly humid, their procreation will be even more successful. Once the larvae are born, they’ll begin to feed. Moths prefer the following: 

  • Dry goods

  • Pet food

  • Flour

  • Grains

  • Spices

  • Rice

  • Fruit

While Indian meal moths aren’t carriers for disease or parasites, they can still contaminate food with their webbing and fecal waste. This waste matter sponsors mold development and transforms the flavor of the fare they overrun. Anything they’ve infiltrated needs to be thrown in the trash immediately. Spotting these insects or their larvae means you undoubtedly have an infestation. You’ll probably see them fluttering from room to room, so don't mistake them for fabric pests. Keep your eyes on dim lights, as they are drawn to them.

What Are Ways to Prevent Indian Meal Moths?

While you can influence the management or operation of a food processing center you don't know if an infestation of Indian meal moths is inevitable. With enough effort, you can prevent these moths from entering your property and making you think twice over every plate or piece of merchandise by: 

  • Thoroughly clean cabinets and pantries on a regular basis. You’ll need to remove all the contents and wipe out the interiors.  

  • Inspect retail shelf items before purchasing. 

  • Examine the existing goods you have for tears or rips. Discard anything that is expired or has torn packaging and check pet food also. 

  • Seal holes in foundations, ceilings, and any other openings.

  • Whether it’s for domestic animals or humans, always store food in airtight glass or plastic containers. 

How Will All-Safe Pest & Termite Handle Indian Meal Moths?

The expert technicians we have at All-Safe Pest & Termite have the skills to eliminate Indian meal moth populations safely and efficiently. We have treatments available that are low-toxicity and gentle on the environment. These insects will be eradicated from your property; and we back this promise with a service guarantee.

 

For over 30 years, we’ve helped protect homes and businesses from all kinds of insects and creatures. Our wallet-friendly plans are comprehensive and include coverage for tons of local nuisances. Call us today, you’ll receive an offer for a free inspection! 

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