Charlotte's Guide To Pantry Moth Control 

July 28, 2020

Often referred to as pantry moths or flour worms, Indian meal moths are some of the most frustrating home invaders to ever cross your kitchen’s threshold. Adult Indian meal moths are harmless creatures, incapable of biting or stinging, spreading disease, or damaging property. However, the eggs they so carefully lay, which then hatch, are what make this insect species harmful.

an indian meal moth crawling in a cupboard

Often referred to as pantry moths or flour worms, Indian meal moths are some of the most frustrating home invaders to ever cross your kitchen’s threshold. Adult Indian meal moths are harmless creatures, incapable of biting or stinging, spreading disease, or damaging property. However, the eggs they so carefully lay, which then hatch, are what make this insect species harmful.
 
Indian meal moth eggs are laid in spaces with plenty of food. This includes the interior of flour bags, cereals, dog foods, and other similar items. Once they hatch, these little larvae mean business. These very hungry caterpillars may even consume plastics, cardboard, or anything else that stands between them and a good meal.
 
About 12-14 millimeters long during the larval stage, pantry moths are easy to identify. Long, white, oval-shaped egg casings may be found floating within rice or cereal boxes and may be near the surface of the food. The larval stage will last anywhere from 2 to 41 weeks, prolonging their destructive tendencies. After pupating, adult pantry moths quickly lay more eggs, and then die off in only a few short days.
 
Indian meal moths won’t appear in your cabinets out of thin air, although many homeowners may feel as if they have. The eggs of these tiny grain weevils are often hiding away in your local grocery store, just waiting to hatch and feed. When unsuspecting homeowners acquire contaminated food and deliver it to their home, that's when problems begin. Pantry moth larvae will chew through bag after bag of food, and those that survive to adulthood will begin laying their eggs in any available location. Once established, an Indian meal moth infestation can be very difficult to remove from your cupboards.

Indian Meal Moth Prevention For Charlotte Homeowners

The most important part of Indian meal moth control is mitigating their chances of establishing an infestation in the first place. This is done by:

  • Minimizing potential home entry points such as cracks, crevices, or gaps along the walls and foundation. 

  • Sealing food items properly, and taking care to eliminate any torn or broken containers that could be compromised.

  • Checking stored goods for signs of infestation before purchase. This includes checking for tears, discoloration, or small egg sacs around the container. If the signs of pantry moths are found, put the item back and inform the store owner of its status.

Do you have more questions or concerns about proper Indian meal moth control in your Charlotte kitchen? Get a helpful home inspection through Aruza Pest Control now and take back ownership of your property.

Prepare Your Pantry With Aruza Pest Control

If Indian Meal Moths have not yet entered your home, you might not want to celebrate just yet. Due to their rapid reproduction rates, long larval life cycles, and rampant appetites, it will only take a single bag of contaminated flour to put you and your household at risk for a full-blown Indian meal moth infestation. Mitigating meal moths at every stage of their life cycle is a difficult task.

Completely getting rid of an Indian meal moth infestation is best accomplished by professional pest experts who have the experience and flexibility to serve your needs well. With over 20 years of professional experience and pest advice for residential homes and local businesses, Aruza Pest Control is Charlotte’s go-to Indian meal moth eliminator for infestations at any stage. Reach out to us via phone to speak with a trained service agent, or check out our online contact form for virtual assistance. We’re here to eliminate your pest problem, no matter how big or how small!

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