An Indianmeal Moth Larvae
Indianmeal moths are one of the most common pantry pests found in homes, also known as a store product pest. They can infest foods very quickly. Indianmeal moths are usually introduced to your home by bringing in contaminated food products, including pet food and birdseeds to the house.
Life Cycle of the Indian Meal Moth
The life cycle of the Indian Meal Moth is egg, larvae, pupa then adult. A female moth can lay anything up to 400 eggs at a time and they hatch in 7 days. The eggs produce a caterpillar type larvae, which develops over 6 to 8 weeks. The pupa stage lasts 2 to 3 weeks. The larvae makes a webbed home for the cocoon. Adult moths don’t feed so only last for two weeks, they do however mate which starts the cycle again.
What do Indianmeal Moths Eat?
Indianmeal moth larvae are general surface feeders, they feed on grains, grain products, dried fruits, nuts, cereals, and a variety of processed food products. In addition the larvae are capable of chewing through thin plastic bags and cardboard.
Are Indianmeal Moth Dangerous?
Indianmeal moths are not dangerous as they do not carry diseases or parasites. The biggest threat they pose is of infestation and contamination of food in which they infest. They encourage the growth of mold, leave behind webbing and feces in products, and change the flavor of foods they infest. Those who encounter problems with Indianmeal moths must throw away infested items, which may result in large amounts of waste.
If you own a business such as a pet food store or in food production of a dried produce this pest can be a challenge. Pest-Tech has had to deal with the control of this store product pest on many occasions in this environment. This pest can ruin reputation and loose business if not dealt with swiftly.
Pest-Tech Ltd found a couple of Indian Meal Moth Larvae in bait boxes on a contract visit. We are now monitoring the situation. Our pest control services are available, Pest-Tech Ltd is a member of the BPCA. If you need advice then Contact Us.