- MEAL MOTH PROBLEMS
- BE SURE TO KILL FLYING MEAL MOTHS
- HOW TO GET RID OF A MEAL MOTH PROBLEM?
- WHAT IS THE MEAL MOTH LIFE CYCLE?
- HOW TO TREAT MEAL MOTH INFESTATIONS
- BEST AEROSOL MEAL MOTH SPRAY
- FAST KILLING AEROSOL SPRAY
- BEST LIQUID MEAL MOTH SPRAY
- BEST MEAL MOTH TRAPS
- HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MEAL MOTHS TO GO AWAY?
- STILL SEE ADULT MOTHS AFTER 2 MONTHS?
Pantry pests include many crawling insects. There are several different beetles and weevils. These are easy to control. Flying pantry pests are harder to eliminate because they are able to cover vast areas of the home. Typical flying pantry pests include Tropical Ware House Moths, Indian Meal Moths, and Mediterranean Flour Moths.
MEAL MOTH PROBLEMS *
In most cases, meal moths were brought to your home with some type of stored food product. Examples of such food include flour, dog food, biscuits, pasta, cereal, dried beans, bread, spices, cookies, and other standard pantry items. Another common household item which can lead to an infestation is bird seed.
BIRD SEED MOTHS *
The big problem is that the packaging “standard” for bird seed is much lower compared to human food and therefore will contain a greater amount of contaminants. The main “extra” ingredient is insect eggs. These are actually healthy for most pets so there its no problem for them to eat the eggs. But many times these eggs will hatch before they’re eaten. From there, developing larva will quickly migrate around the home and before you know it, you have a pantry pest infestation.
WHERE DO MEAL MOTHS LIVE? *
Due to the wide range of pantry moths commonly found in any home these days, its important to realize that populations can easily survive outside the pantry. Be sure to include all areas of the home when trying to identify the main nest site. True, the contaminated food might be in the pantry. But adults will lay eggs anywhere. So if you’re seeing adults in random areas of the home, its a good sign the problem has expanded beyond the package where it originated. That means you’ll probably need to treat more of the home and not just a few cabinets or pantry.
But if you only see them in one area, focus there. And get a quick start on the problem. This will insure they don’t spread because dealing with a house wide problem will take more time and energy and no doubt lead to some frustration.
BE SURE TO KILL FLYING MEAL MOTHS *
Flying adult meal moths should be captured and killed. Male moths are looking for females and any females flying around are no doubt looking for a good place to lay eggs. Either adult is bad and should be removed from the home immediately.
To help remove them, our HAND HELD ZAPPERS are fun to use and will provide a quick, clean kill. It literally “zaps” them dead on contact and works in a second.
If you don’t want to kill them, our VACUUM ZAPPER will enable you to capture them for release outside. It works on a wide range of pests, comes with a rechargeable battery and includes a “zapping” chamber so you can kill undesirable pests too.
HOW TO GET RID OF A MEAL MOTH PROBLEM? *
Once a meal moth problem gets established in your home, you’ll need to break their life cycle to eliminate this pest. The process will take a few weeks if not 1-2 months to run its course. But it can be achieved.
WHAT IS THE MEAL MOTH LIFE CYCLE? *
The cycle is egg, larva, pupa and adult. When the egg hatches, the larva will feed and then spin a cocoon where it will undergo metamorphosis. After it is fully developed, it will hatch and emerge as the adult. The adult has nothing but reproduction on its mind and will lay eggs quickly following fertilization.
Adults will look for other places to lay their eggs. Expect these locations to be close to where the original infestation began. Although the duration of time will vary for different species to complete their respective live cycles, controlling any of these moths is the same.
HOW TO TREAT MEAL MOTH INFESTATIONS *
The first step for controlling a meal moth infestation is to identify the infested product which started the problem and removing it immediately. Throw it or anything you suspect as being infested into the garbage. If you’re unsure about a specific item, place it in a clear plastic bag where you’ll be able to inspect it every few days to watch for emerging pests.
Now if you find insects accumulating in the bag within a month, you know the item is contaminated and needs to be discarded. It can take several weeks for some species to fully develop and emerge so don’t be surprised if something is found to be infested three months after its brought home.
The second step involves the application of insecticide directed to all the tight spaces, seams, cracks, crevices and voids where larva will seek to hide for pupation. “Crack and crevice” is the name we use to refer to this type of pesticide application. Its used to describe chemical being applied to specific cracks where the target pest is most likely to be nesting. This type of application should be done with a tube injector which will enable you to get the product where it needs to be. Most all of our aerosols come with this type of injector; its similar to the red straw you’ll find that comes with any can of WD-40.
With meal moths, the larva will feed for several days and then seek a place to spin their cocoon and pupate. This can happen where they’re feeding but many times they’ll migrate away to other areas of the home. So its not unusual for them to end up in the cracks between shelves, molding and door frames in the rooms that surround the kitchen. To make sure this isn’t happening, you need to treat them too.
BEST AEROSOL MEAL MOTH SPRAY *
Undoubtedly, one of the best aerosols for meal moth treatments is called PHANTOM AEROSOL. It comes with a special injector tube for easy application. But the reason its so good is because it uses the new “non repellent” technology commonly employed for termites or ants. Insects which contact a treated surface won’t know they picked up any Phantom. For this reason they can’t tell where to avoid and as a result, they’ll readily pick up a lethal dose and die.
They can also “transfer” the active to other insects. So a male moth landing on the treatment can pick some up and in turn, contaminate a female.
The only drawback to Phantom is that it won’t kill quickly. In fact it will take 3-4 days for the product to take effect. But don’t fret. This is very much by design. Only by working slow can it go undetectable.
Phantom will last a long time following a treatment. For active infestations, treat once a month. But once the moths are gone, you only need to treat once every 3 months to insure they don’t return.
Its important to understand that simply cleaning these areas will not provide control. Bleach, ammonia and other cleaning solutions may kill exposed larva but these compounds breakdown quickly and provide no residual. So eggs and pupae hatching in the days after you clean will survive.
FAST KILLING AEROSOL SPRAY *
If the nest site is small and limited, you may opt to use FS MP AEROSOL. This formulation is a contact killer and will knock down all stages immediately. It works on virtually any insect and it too comes with a crack and crevice tube injector. Use it for specific tasks where the advantage of Phantom won’t be recognized.
BEST LIQUID MEAL MOTH SPRAY *
Now for homes or establishments that are large, using an aerosol is counter productive. It will waste time and become quite costly. So in most cases the aerosol should still be used. But for all baseboards, carpets and other flat areas where larvae or eggs might be hiding, apply D-FENSE SC. This odorless concentrate is mixed with water and applied to the areas where the target pest is nesting as well as where it might end up going for egg laying.
Mix .5 to 1 oz of D-Fense per gallon of water and apply the mixed solution over 800 square or linear feet of space.
Treatments will last 30 days and should be renewed monthly for ongoing issues. Once the problem is gone, treat every 3 months to keep them away for good.
You will need a good PUMP SPRAYER to apply the D-Fense. Our sprayer comes with several nozzles so you can achieve the right fan pattern needed for baseboards and general spot treatments.
BEST MEAL MOTH TRAPS *
Lastly, you’ll need to set out some PANTRY MOTH TRAPS. after the treatment dries and your cabinets are refilled. These small glue traps use the female moths sex pheromone to attract any males. Newly hatched males have one thing on their mind – the smell of local female moths wanting to mate – and this trap uses that scent as a way to get them inside.
Male moths can’t resist this smell and will readily seek out the trap. Place these where the problem was thought to be focused. One per cabinet or pantry will usually suffice; 2-3 per kitchen. Traps will remain active for 3 months unless they fill up sooner. And in some cases the glue may dry. If either happens before 3 months, change out the trap sooner.
Now if the problem is never ending, you may need to install the MEAL MOTH SUPPRESSOR TRAPS. This latest design uses both male and female pheromones. The trap itself is larger and designed with colorations that females find to be especially attractive.
For badly infested structures, these traps will be needed if you wish to break the cycle. Where problems are more moderate to mild, the use of the standard Moth Traps should suffice.
Regardless of the severity of the problem, the use of traps is very important when dealing with Pantry Moths. Only by catching and killing adult moths can you be sure that you are actively stopping the act of reproduction.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MEAL MOTHS TO GO AWAY? *
Once you’ve initiated the meal moth control program, don’t expect to get instant results. Since nothing can kill the pupal stage of this pest, it will take some time for the population to die out and run its natural course.
A structure that has been properly treated will eventually break the moth cycle. Moth Traps installed will intercept adults before they’re able to mate and lay new eggs which is critical. In theory, the only part left of the population after a good application will be the pupae. And since these hard shelled cocoon’s will not hatch or emerge until they’re ready, it could be another few months before they’re all dead.
During this time you will probably see some flying around. This is normal and to be expected. But if you treated right and have an adequate amount of traps installed, these adults will have no place to go to “do their thing”. Eventually the population will run out of pupa and will be gone for good.
STILL SEE ADULT MOTHS AFTER 2 MONTHS? *
If you still see adult moths after 2 months of treating and removing the main food source or if you’re not able to locate the food source yet you keep finding moths flying around, it could be that your home is serving as a “moth magnet”. This commonly happens following an infestation can take 1-2 years to end.
Meal moths have a tremendous range and can detect pheromones for miles. So any home which had activity will continue to attract moths from outside the home. Since meal moths live outside during the spring, summer and fall, they’ll follow this scent to your home and once they arrive, find a way inside. The common routes of entry include the fireplace, heating/air exhaust pipes, attic spaces and crawl spaces. Of course they can enter through the front door, garage doors and windows too.
So if you have moth traps out 2 months after the initial treatments and continue to see nothing but adults, its a sure sign that adults are foraging inside.
To stop this behavior, you first need to remove all known moth traps from inside the home. Place them in a plastic garbage bag and seal them up before placing them in the garbage.
Next, install AEROSOL MACHINES fitted with CLEAR ZONE refills. These machines will release a small amount of pyrethrin which in turn will kill any flying insect in the home like moths, mosquitoes, gnats, fruit flies and more.
Each machine can cover up to 400 sq/ft and they should be placed in any room which has had adult moths active. Common rooms to use these machines would include the kitchen, pantry, living room, garage, attic or great room.
Each machine should be filled with a can of CLEAR ZONE aerosol which will last 1 month. It can be used safely in the home, around the clock, and won’t pose a hazard to people or pets. The small release of pyrethrin will kill off all adults and in turn, assure that none are able to mate and lay eggs.