Hello friends and Loyal “dog-blog” fans. Welcome back for another brief blog session, with me, Hunter, Loyal Termite, and Pest Control’s K-9 Termite Detective. Here you will learn and, hopefully, better understand, another member of our regional household and commercial pest community. Generally, these are the critters our hard-working salesman and inspectors discover; and then our talented and certified technicians treat and eliminate; for our very concerned commercial and residential customers. This week my focus is on a pest that, if left undetected, can be very destructive; not to people or property, but to a variety of stored foods. This little monster is the Indian-meal Moth.
The Indian-meal Moth (IMM) is among the most important and common stored-product pests in The United States. The infestations of IMM are not limited to pantries inside homes; they can also thrive in grocery stores, food processing plants, grain storage facilities, and other areas where food is available. Although the adult moths do not feed, they reproduce and lay eggs on various food materials, including but not limited to flour, cereal grains, seeds, dried fruits, pet food, spices, and ornamental products.
The pest is commonly found infesting coarser grains of flour, such as whole-wheat flour, and cornmeal; however, larvae are general feeders and are the ones that cause the most damage by their feeding and breeding habits. Besides consuming food, larvae also leave behind their feces; shed skins, silk threads and other debris. In addition, they are capable of chewing through thin plastic bags and cardboard.
Here at Loyal, we service many commercial and industrial accounts. As responsible Integrated Pest Managers (IPM), we not only treat for pest problems, we consult with our clients on how they can avoid having a problem in the first place.
These are a few precautions we share with our clients in order to avoid an Indian-meal Moth infestation:
- Inspect incoming items.
- Supply ventilation.
- Keep buildings in good physical condition to reduce entry.
- Quickly remove spilled grain.
- Keep facility clean, maintain.
- Store pallets 18 inches away from a wall.
- Replace any torn packages.
- Rotate food and nonfood stock; move out oldest stock first.
- Identify species properly.
If you are a company owner, or homeowner, and think you might have an Indian-meal Moth infestation call a professional pest company that can understand your problem and take care of it in the safest and most effective way possible.
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Indian-meal Moth – Not a Pleasant Discovery! in Virginia
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