ASK MR. PEST CONTROL  >  MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES  >  MEAL MOTHS - A FOREVER THING?

Meal Moths - A Forever Thing?

Thursday October 25, 2012

Back

Mr Pest Control

Question:

I service an ethnic supermarket with an ongoing issue with Indian Meal Moth. We install some traps with lures every now and then, but would like to take care of this issue for good. I've asked them to clean all of their shelves in the store and they did (more or less). I suggested they contact their supplier because that may be the actual source, but they don't want to go this far because they have more than one supplier for their orders. What do you suggest I do next?

Mathieu, ON

Mr Pest Control

Answer:

Indian Meal Moths (IMM) are our most common stored foods moth pest, and one reason is because of their diverse food choices. In addition to just about any food material based on grains they also infest nuts, dried fruit, powdered milk, candy bars for the chocolate or nuts in them, pet foods, bird seed, spices including peppers, rodent bait, and even dried flowers. They may even infest fresh fruits if they can find slightly damaged areas. They breed rapidly, with females producing around 300 eggs, and the larvae are very mobile, often leaving the infested food and wandering throughout a structure to find the perfect place to pupate. All of this makes it more difficult to isolate the problem and they may be infesting a multitude of packages. 


The adult m... Read more

Register now for Premier Services to get instant access to all of Mr. Pest Control's in-depth answers!

Read Complete Answer Register Now Ask a Question Add to My Favorite Questions Back  |  View Past Questions  |  View Questions by Category  |  Share on Facebook  |  Share on Twitter

Please note, Mr. Pest Control is answering questions supplied by PMP customers across North America. His answers are generated from industry and manufacturer-provided information. The answer may not be specific to the laws and regulations for your State, Province, Territory or Country. In addition, products mentioned may not be registered and or available in all areas. Always check with your local Univar office for specific information to your area. Always read and follow label directions.

Sponsor Ad