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We’ve just discovered a meal moth larvae infestation, we don’t know how long it’s been there, as it’s in a rarely accessed part of a large room. The infestation seems fairly large, and there seems to be larvae right in the carpet, are these merely the shells, or hibernating cocoons of the larvae. Will we have to replace the carpet? We presume the infestation is in the Chinchilla (rodent) food very near to where we located the larvae. This is really distressing, and we’re not entirely sure of what to do, the larvae seem to keep appearing. We’ve only noticed this within the last hour, some advice would be invaluable. Currently, we’re trying to steam them out of the carpet with an iron, will this have any effect?

Steaming them won’t help. In fact, it will probably make the problem worse. The one thing this stage (larvae) needs beyond food is moisture. So once you start using this in the home and in particular, close to where they are no doubt nesting, the better the odds will be in their favor of surviving.

For now I suggest you treat as described in our MEAL MOTH CONTROL ARTICLE. In the article we talk about treating baseboards and other areas with a product called PERMETHRIN. Odorless and fast acting, it’s labeled for use on carpeting and will do the job. Basically one treatment is all you’ll need and it will last 30 days for sure. This way any larvae embedded or any that attempt to traverse over the treated area will die.

I also suggest you get a can of DFORCE or PHANTOM for treating any cracks and crevices where more might be hiding. Though you might be seeing some out and about in the living area, no doubt many more are out of view in tiny, hard to treat voids and cracks. The Dforce is ideal for this kind of treating.

Lastly, set out a couple of MEAL MOTH TRAPS. This way if a problem is developing, you’ll know as soon as it starts so you can take further protective measures.

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

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

Permethrin:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/permethrin-10

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

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

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
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About 2 weeks ago I seen the little worms crawling all over the cat food in my closet so immediately I freaked out and threw away all the cat food and any other kind of grain or cereal. and I sprayed bug spray EVERYWHERE. but now I am seeing all the moths flying around usually its around 2 or 3 a day and they sit right at the door way on the ceiling. I bought the pantry pest trap and it has only caught 3 moths so far. but my question is after all of the larvae hatch into moths will my problem be gone or do you think that they are still mating somewhere. there is no food in the back and I havent seen anymore worms so where are the moths coming from? and I thought once you take thier food source away then then you break the cycle and all I should see is the adult moths but I read something where the adult moths have to have food to emerge? HELP please.

If you read our MEAL MOTH CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn the moths you’re seeing are  hatching from their third stage. This stage is called pupae. As you’ll learn, you cannot kill the pupae so all the ones in your home will be hatching in the coming months and only when they’re completely used up will you stop seeing the adults. In other words, I’m sure this will be happening for the next 1-3 months.

And in case this cycle is not clear, here is a brief outline of what to expect. First, eggs are laid by adult female moths. The eggs are the first stage. The location of the eggs will typically be on or close to a food supply so when the eggs hatch, the “little worms” can feed. These worms are the second stage. After feeding, the worms spin a cocoon in which they remain for several weeks and undergo a metamorphosis. This is when they change from a worm to an adult moth. This cocoon is the third stage and referred to as the pupae. And once this change is complete, they’ll hatch as the adults you’re now seeing. Adult moths represent the fourth stage.

So to break the cycle, you need to first remove their food supply. Second, you’ll need to treat with a product like DFORCE or PHANTOM everywhere the moths are seen. Since adult moths will be laying eggs, having the Dforce in place to kill the worms when they hatch is critical to solving the problem. Next, you’ll need to set out lots of MOTH TRAPS. 3-6 are usually required per home. These will trap adults and in the end, help to both monitor the local activity and reduce the chance of re-infestation.

In summary, it sounds as though you’ve removed a lot of their potential food. However, it’s unclear if you’ve sprayed enough or if you’ve set out enough Moth Traps to make the proper impact. Remember, these guys can eat most anything and though removing their original food can have a big impact, once they’re inside the home they’ll be able to target an alternate food to sustain their population if you don’t take complete protective measures.

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

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

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

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

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

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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dog food just purchased seems to be infested with them. will it harm my dogs to eat the dog food?? i can’t afford to throw it all out.

Actually the infested won’t pose any kind of danger or harm. Though most people believe there could be something bad about feeding their pet food which contains a few meal moth larvae, the fact is that dogs are able to digest and process these little guys quite well. Remember, they are dogs and their system is was built on being able to eat most anything. Since insects are mostly protein, any that are eaten are mostly beneficial from a nutritional point of view. However, there is another kind of risk you need to watch out for..

By knowingly keeping food which contains an active infestation of any insect, there is a good chance some will escape and migrate into your home. This would be bad. I would not be surprised if you develop a problem in the home due to the fact that you’re doing nothing other than storing infested food.

I’ve seen this many times and basically in every case, the problem started because people were keeping insect infested food. Now if you review our MEAL MOTH CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn more about this insect and why it can become such a nuisance. The bottom line is you may want to reconsider keeping the food if you don’t want a moth problem in the house. I say this because once they start, they can be a nightmare to get rid and problems can last for many, many months.

Alternatively you could choose to treat the storage area with some PT-PHANTOM. This will put in place a good barrier so that any foraging larvae that try to leave the infested food won’t be able to get very far. Installing some MOTH TRAPS would also be a good idea. This way if any adults start emerging, you’ll have some protection in place to help prevent a problem from getting a foothold.

Ideally, getting rid of the infested food would remove the threat of this happening. But if you must keep it as you say you will, then store it in a heavy plastic bag that you keep tightly sealed. Next, only remove what the pet will eat within a few minutes. Any food not consumed within a few minutes must be removed from the house by either dumping it out in the yard or by feeding it through your food “sinkerator” so the food and the pests are effectively washed down the drain. I say this because I’ve seen where merely tossing out the uneaten food in the garbage will allow some to migrate out. And since all it takes is one pregnant female to start a problem, this can lead to an infestation.

Another choice would be to save the food and keep it frozen all the time. I do this with bird seed. By keeping the food frozen, any eggs and other stages of insects that might be living in the seed are kept from developing. This way they can’t get into my home. And this will work with any pet food so you can do the same.

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

Meal Moth Control:  http://www.indianmealmoths.com/meal-moth-control.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
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I had a pretty bad infestation back in October 2010..went on vacation and found dog food infested with them when we came home….immediately got rid of the dog food but by then my dining room was pretty much infested….larva on the ceiling and in my china cabinet…we took up the carpeting and repainted…cleaned out every kitchen cabinet set off bombs and all …today I still see one flying around occassionly. ..I see no larva anywhere…just a lone moth here and there…I am constantly searching my food..we have set out the phermone taps and caught some..who long will this stage last and how long can i expect to see them.

As explained in our MOTH CONTROL ARTICLE, it can take a year or longer for the hatching pupae to run out and be “gone”. Since larvae only migrate after they feed, it’s not likely you’ll see any if they have some other food source you haven’t discovered. And once they get their fill and go into their pupae stage, they can hold up for many, many months so it’s not been nearly long enough just yet for this to be over. Pupae are what hatch out adults and these are usually in locations away from the food and well hidden. Hopefully these emerging adults won’t have a chance of mating and laying eggs so be sure to keep enough MOTH TRAPS set to make sure this doesn’t happen. And at some point you may need some SUPPRESSION TRAPS. For ongoing problems, these traps can be needed to break the cycle for good.

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

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

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

Suppression Traps:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/meal-moth-suppression-kit-5-pk

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
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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
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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
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