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What To Do If You Find Indian Meal Moths In Your St. Louis Pantry

January 01, 2022 - Pantry Pests

Indian meal moths can create major problems in your pantry in St. Louis. If you want to combat this pest, you should invest in professional Indian meal moth control.

Understanding The Indian Meal Moth

The Indian meal moth is often referred to as a pantry moth. Adult moths are typically small in size with grey wings that turn more bronze or brown colored near the bottom of the wing; this wing coloration can help you properly identify the Indian meal moth in your home. The larvae of these pests are typically cream-colored and sport dark brown heads.

It is the larvae of the Indian meal moth that will infest your stored food products in your St. Louis pantry. The adult moth will break into your cupboards, either by slipping in from outside of your home or by riding in on an already infested food item you have purchased, and will lay their eggs on the item. The larvae then feed on the food until they grow and have their own eggs, perpetuating the cycle and making total elimination of these pests quite difficult. 

In order to fully defeat these pests, you will need professional Indian meal moth control to combat every stage of their life cycle.

How To Prevent Indian Meal Moths

Before we discuss how to get rid of Indian meal moths for good, you first need to learn how to prevent Indian meal moths. The following prevention tips can act as an Indian meal moth repellent and help you protect your pantry from these pests.

  • When purchasing stored goods, inspect the corners and sides of the packaging. Refrain from buying anything that is damaged or shows signs of tears or holes. This damaged packaging can mean that adult moths have already invaded the item. You should also keep an eye out for any areas of sticky webbing along the sides of the product.
  • If a food item has clear packaging, look carefully at the inside. Any clumping of the food product or signs of webbing and eggs or larvae in the item package indicates an infestation.
  • At home, take time to properly protect your house from pantry pests and other potential invaders. Seal up all potential entry points and ensure that window and door screens are in good condition. You may also want to update weatherstripping and keep exterior doors and windows closed as much as possible.
  • When organizing your pantry and putting food away, consider transferring stored items into airtight plastic containers. Storing food items this way will help you keep pantry pests and Indian meal moths out and may also assist you in containing an infestation should you accidentally purchase an infested product.
  • Clean out your pantry often and always use the oldest items first; this will ensure that nothing stays in the pantry too long and that you can act quickly if you start seeing signs of moths, webbing, or larvae in your home.

Professional Indian Meal Moth Control

Despite proactive prevention tactics, the Indian meal moth may end up infesting your home anyway. The best way to get rid of Indian meal moths in all stages of their life cycle is to enlist the help of the professionals at Roberts Pest control. Our experts will be able to provide you with targeted, efficient Indian meal moth control so you can reclaim your food storage areas and stop worrying about these pests infesting your St. Louis pantry.

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