Residential & Commercial Moth Control & Extermination Serving New York City & Westchester
Indian Meal Moths are the most common pests of stored food in the world. The wings are held back over the body when it rests on a surface. The outer half of the forewings is a coppery-red color, while the half closer to the body is creamy-white.
How To Get Rid Of Moths
Call Abalon when you have a moth infestation, especially in a food preparation area. As an experienced company with entomologists on staff, we have a program specially designed for moth problems in kitchens and other eating areas.
Moths go through what is called ‘complete metamorphosis’. The adult moths lays eggs which develop into larvae.
The larvae (and not the egg or the adult) feed on foods in your home. The presence of adult moths indicates that some have infested food somewhere. The laundry list of possible foods that these moths can attack includes just about anything - grains, nuts, fruits and other products from plants.
The adult meal moth generally avoids lights, so you won't find it at the porch light or banging into your reading lamp. They will infest:
- Flour and other baking meals - brownie mix, cornbread mix, cake mix, powdered milk, etc.
- Nuts - whether in the shell or out of the shell, within packages, within candy bars or cookies
- Grain products - pet food, bread, crackers, chips, bird seed
- Spices - peppers, paprika, etc.
- Dried flowers - bouquet arrangements, as well as other decorative arrangements of wheat stalks, flowers, acorns, nuts, pine cones, dried corn, etc.
The larva of the Indian Meal Moth has no spots on its body but is smooth, white, pinkish, cream colored, or even with a greenish tint.
It sometimes will leave the food it is infesting and move to a quiet place to weave a cocoon called the pupae.
- Find the source of the problem and thoroughly clean the area
- Vacuum and clean all the cupboards to remove food debris
- Trapping and eliminating the breeding locations will effectively eliminate moths
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