Stored Product Pests Might be In Your Pantry

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Ever see a lone flying moth in your kitchen in winter? See a few holes in that flour bag? Find some crawling “worms” in cornmeal? It is not un-common to open up the ingredient containers and find a surprise …stored product pests.

For the Indian Meal moths we have 3 different traps for moth control. The Allure trap (see image) the new Moth Suppression Trap (see below next trap) and lastly the Pantry Patrol below. The Allure trap is a quick way to catch all the flying males on the glue trap and enhance your moth control program. The Moth Suppression Trap is new to the market 3/1/2004 and this new trap will capture both male and female moths. For beetles weevils and moths, we recommend Pantry Patrol. Sometimes it may be better to use both Pantry Patrol and the hanging glueboard traps (Allure or Moth Suppression Traps) It depends upon the severity of your infestation. Read all the information provided here.

Indian meal moths frequently are found flying haplessly in kitchens and living rooms. The moth is not a good flier and is usually a lone flier. The adult moths do not feed but the larvae, which can penetrate packages, will infest cracked grain such as wheat or cornmeal. They will also feed on nutmeats. The larvae feed in the grain and then crawl from the food source to pupate. After this resting stage, the adults emerge leaving a spun webbing and start the process again. Sometimes the abandoned webbing is found in cracks and crevices of plastic food containers, or even in the wall/ceiling jointure in other rooms of the home.. We can identify these pests and can prescribe a treatment, sometimes using pheromone traps, or attractants to male adult moths. Don’t spray any homeowner product in your food storage area, it is not necessary.

Written by Enzo Pavard

Enzo Pavard

Enzo Pavard is an expert in the destruction of harmful insects in Harlan, Kentucky He has 2 patents in rodent breeding and the owner of his cleaning company. He is married, has 2 children, and in his spare time he plays golf and is fond of archery.