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I have a problem with indian meal moths. I contacted a local pest control company and was told to freeze all my dry foodstuffs, flour, seeds, crackers, cake mixes etc. which I did. For 10 days. I have returned all of my dried goods into cupboard and pantry. I also purchase the pheremone traps and have approximately 10 moths in each trap. I have also noticed a few of the worms crawling on my ceiling maybe 2-3 over the span of one week. Do you think I still have an active infestation or is this just the residual of the life cycle of this situation and will it take a few weeks etc to stop seeing moths flying around. I notice about 2-3 each night. Your earliest response would be appreciated as this is driving me crazy.

If you read through our MOTH CONTROL article, you’ll learn the larvae don’t travel much until they’ve fed well. Seeing some crawling around on your ceiling leads me to believe they are hatching from eggs not on the food your froze. In other words, I’m pretty sure there is another population of them living somewhere in the home. You see, even though they could survive the freezing temps, chances are you would have seen something when handling any of these “frozen” items in the days since they’ve been out in the open. Since this hasn’t happened, I suspect there is another food source still not identifed.

Additionally, the pupae stage is most definitely still around in the home, away from the food and the “likely” locations. As our article explains, this stage is strong and typically in locations away from food and where the larvae molts into the adult moth.

Now if you’re seeing larvae crawling then the only way to know for sure they’ll die would be if where you’re seeing them where it has been treated. If this part of the ceiling has with sprayed with something like the D-FORCE or PT PHANTOM AEROSOL, these larvae will die for sure and not be able to morph into adults. But if your service company didn’t treat these areas, chances are increased for the problem to persist.

D-Force:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/d-force-14-oz-aerosol

Phantom Aerosol: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz

Lastly, we always recommend throwing away all the food which is suspect of harboring any activity and setting out some MOTH TRAPS. Think about it: even if the larvae did all die, are you comfortable feeding dead insects to your family? Probably not. And throwing away the contaminated food is almost always the best way to proceed to complete the process of elimination.

Next, treating the vacated cupboards the way our article details is required along with the surrounding rooms to make sure any migrating larvae can’t establish themselves. If you haven’t had this type of complete treatment done I’m sure the problem will persist indefinitely. And yes, the traps do help cut down on the males flying around but remember, it only takes one male to impregnate a female so relying on the traps alone won’t solve the problem.

If you’d like to see any of the products mentioned above, just click on them where they appear in the post or follow these direct links:

D-Force:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/d-force-14-oz-aerosol

Phantom Aerosol: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz

Moth Traps: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/meal-moth-2-pk

Moth Control Article: http://www.indianmealmoths.com/meal-moth-control.html

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Jonathan
Customer Care

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I was very impressed with your article on meal moths. It seems to describe the problem very well. We have three very young children and I am very concerned about putting down any chemicals to treat our persistent meal moth problem. I am using the male traps and catching a lot. We also identified the infected food and threw it out about two weeks ago. But, it seems that there is more infected food coming from the stores than I anticipated. We are watching the food we buy. Without using chemicals, can I hope to be rid of the moths?

As explained in our MOTH CONTROL article, there are just too many ways pantry moths can survive if you don’t treat the surrounding area where the food is stored. Yes it’s true there are is a chance you are bringing some of these pests home in the food you buy but it’s more likely these moths and their young are nesting and thriving in you home.  Untreated cupboards, pantry storage spaces and maybe even other living areas around the home can all provide ample locations for safe harborage of young meal moths. These local populations will thrive indefinitely until you interrupt the cycle which is apparently well established based on the ongoing problem.

As for your concern regarding any treatments in the home; I suspect they are most likely unfounded and based on mis information. In other words, the products we’re recommending pose no hazard to people or pets when used properly so they can be safely applied as described in our safety video’s in and around the home. Unless you have some information to the contrary, the products we’re recommending along with the methods and procedures on how to use them present no risk or danger when used in accordance to their labels. In case you missed our video clips, they are quite informative and should better prepare you for using our products for the task at hand.

As you’ll see in the video, we always recommend children and pets should be away from the area when the treatment is being done. But you’ll also learn that soon afterward they can safely return without concern once the treated areas have been able to settle and dry. Remember, you should be applying small amounts of product in very tiny areas and these doses when applied properly are just barely able to control the target insect let alone affect large, more complex mammals like people or pets. More information on this can be seen in our videos here:

Meal Moth Control:  http://www.indianmealmoths.com/meal-moth-control

Product Safety: http://www.bugspray.com/about-us/who_is_bugspray.html#safe_for_the_home

Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we’re open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Jonathan
Customer Care

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what do indian meal moths prey on the most? vegetables, dried food products…etc? And, can they bite or sting!? I am nervous for my 4 year old! Do they prefer lighted areas of dark areas!?

If you read our MEAL MOTH CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn this insect feeds as a larvae stage and not as an adult. That means the little white larvae are in boxes of food like cereal, pasta, rice, etc. feeding and only emerge after they get their fill and are ready to molt and emerge as an adult. So to answer your questions and concerns; you and your child have nothing to worry about from the adults you see flying. They won’t bite you or your baby. But if you want them gone, you’ll need to set out some MOTH TRAPS to help collect the foraging adults. Next, you’ll need to locate the infested food and get that removed and if needed, you may even have to treat with some of the products we have listed in our article.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Meal Moth Control Article:  http://www.indianmealmoths.com/meal-moth-control.html

Moth Traps:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page74.html

Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we’re open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Jonathan
Customer Care

PS: Please show your support for our business by purchasing the items we recommend from the links provided. Remember, this is the only way we can stay around and be here to answer your questions and keep our web site up and running. Thanks for your business!

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