Indian meal moths eating in your pantry
Tyler TX — Although the Indian Meal Moth is commonly bred for animal food, it is now your food that it is feeding on.
The grain-feeding pests are found around the world, but some places a little closer to home.
The Indian Meal Moth starts as a caterpillar, commonly known as a wax-worm. Both the larva and the moth can be found feeding on cereals, flour, and other similar products.
East Texas pest control told KETK the best ways to keep these moths out of your pantry.
Dennis Newberry told KETK that these moths are already in the food products upon purchase. He said that the moths lay eggs that go through the food mills and end up in the packaging. Although there is no way to prevent Indian Meal Moths in your home, there are ways to get rid of them.
You should check the crack lines that join the base of your cabinet and underneath the shelves. Next, you should clear out your pantry and vacuum the crevices and cracks.
Although it is not advised, consumption of the Meal Moths is not harmful to you or your pet's health. however, they destroy nearly one quarter of grain products produced every year.
Pest control does not advise using pesticides since it will not kill the already hatched eggs. So be sure to clear out any products with Meal Moths and keep all grain containers sealed tightly.