meal moths

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Wе јuѕt mоvеd іntо а hоuѕе. Itѕ аn оldеr hоuѕе аnd I dоn’t thіnk аnуоnе hаѕ bееn іn hеrе fоr аwhіlе. Anуwау, thеrе’ѕ mоthѕ! I’vе bееn lооkіng uр оnlіnе thе dіffеrеnсе bеtwееn mеаl аnd сlоth mоthѕ..but thеѕе аrе mоѕtlу іn thе раntrу аnd kіtсhеn аnd оn thе wаllѕ! I dоn’t knоw hоw tо gеt rіd оf thеm. Whаt ѕhоuld I dо?

If you read through our MEAL MOTH CONTROL article, you’ll learn that what you’ve got are undoubtedly Meal Moths. These will commonly infest kitchens and pantries and even if everything is removed like when someone moves out of the home, these moths will persist.

And that’s because their pupae will no doubt still be around and developing. So my guess is the previous residents left this problem and now it’s your’s to handle. The good news is you can win this battle yourself with the right products and application methods which are aptly explained in our article.

For starters, you’ll need to remove everything from the cabinets and pantry. Once removed, you’ll need to treat all cracks and crevices with DFORCE AEROSOL. Be thorough and don’t put anything away for at least 4 hours. And make sure anything you do store is bug free. Since you’ve had some activity we can’t rule out that something you brought into the home is the source of the moths and going through all your stored food products is the only way to insure this isn’t the case.

Next, set out some MEAL MOTH TRAPS. These will help by capturing any that hatch as adults and as our article explains, the less adults you have in the home, the less reproduction will be going on.

D-Force:  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

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
Customer Care

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Hey Jonathan,

We are worm breeders and currently have an infestation of moths. We are trying to resolve this problem but are taking care of it pretty slow. I wonder if you have ever dealt with this type of problem and if there is any solution without having to bomb our rooms.

We would like to keeep our bins which are filled with wheat bran and worms without having to do a room change. Is this possible?

Please let me know if there is anything we can do without moving everything?

This is a tough one. On one hand I know you’re trying to avoid the preparation work (in this case moving the worms and food) to another location while the infested room is treated. No doubt this would most likely be both time consuming and laborious to say the least. But in order to answer, I’ll need more information so for now, I’ll lay out some scenario’s which might provide enough of an understanding of the real “problem” so you can make a decision on how to best deal with the current problem as well as prevent future infestations.

In situations where animals are being farmed, there can be unique problems associated with any insect infestation that ensues. In this case, I’m fairly certain the meal moths are a direct result of all the wheat bran you keep. That means the wheat bran is what must be addressed and to what degree you want to regulate the moths will determine to what degree you will want to “pre treat” the bran. Let me further explain.

Lets say you’re okay with having infested bran; whether it has insects while still in sealed bags or when being dispersed as food for your worms. If that’s true, then nothing special will be needed to treat the bran prior to feeding your moths. That being said, if you simply store the bran in a freezer all the time, the amount of activity you note should be reduced. This is because you’ll be effectively “stalling” the development of any eggs and larvae that might be arriving in the bran when you either get it or store it. But it’s important to understand just freezing the bran won’t solve any problem. Bran that’s brought out into the open can harbor eggs and pupae which won’t die in the freezer so even if you go this route, I expect there will still be an ongoing problem to some degree. Maybe this will acceptable, maybe not. For now, lets say it’s not and you want to go to the next level of control.

The next level would involve keeping the bran elsewhere so you’ll be able to treat it prior to feeding it to the worms. For this option, you could forego having to freeze the bran all the time because you’ll be keeping the storage room treated. The advantage of this approach would be that you’ll actively be controlling any insects which means the bran being distributed to the worms won’t be infested. By doing so, there is a much less likelihood of the worm keeping rooms and bins getting infested. To accomplish this, you could use an aerosol or a fumigation type product. The easiest aerosol to employ would be the PURGE FLYING INSECT KILLER along with an AEROSOL DISPENSING MACHINE. This would handle up to 5000 cubic feet no problem and cans should last about a month depending on how often you configure the machines to release product. In my experience, start with once an hour and increase releases as needed.

A second option would be to install some INSECT STRIPS in the storage room with the bran. They’ll act the same way and can treat about 1200 cubic feet. That’s the equivalent of a room that measures 10’x13′ with an 8′ high ceiling.

In case you’re wondering; both treatments listed above do not provide any kind of residual. This means once the bran is removed and set out in an untreated room, it will loose any of the actives that were in the storage room and in doing so can be used as food safely for your worms.

Now the room with the worms is a different story. In my experience, keeping the breeding bin rooms free of insects can be tricky. In some cases, if the moths are already pupating “out of the soil bins”, a good cleaning will many times remove most of the cocoons and this can help quite a bit. Next, install both regular MEAL MOTH TRAPS along with the SUPPRESSION MOTH TRAPS. You’ll need both since the regular traps only catch males. This alone might do the job but you won’t know until you get traps installed and see what kind of population reduction you experience. At that point only you can make the call as to whether or not the amount of control you’re having is adequate. In some cases I’ve seen the use of traps do a great job by themselves and were the only means of “control” needed. But I’ve also seen extreme cases that have needed more work.

Having bred worms (in a much smaller scale I’m sure), I had to deal with several different insect infestations over the years. In once instance I had meal moths. They were so bad (feeding on the oat bran I was using in the worm bins) that the soil I kept the worms in was infested. So if you believe your the worm bin soil is infested too, you may have to do some soil treatments. What I did that was safe for the worms was to first remove as many worms as I could from my soil worm bins. Next I mixed up some INSECTICIDAL SOAP with water in a bucket and then took the bins outside in my yard. Next I poured the finished solution through the soil. No doubt this “purged” the soil of all the living insects. This treatment is organic and won’t last but a few hours. The next day I was able to use the soil again for my worms without putting them in any danger of any active that might be hanging around; Insecticidal Soap has no residual so it was essentially gone by the time I reused my soil.

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

Purge: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/purge-iii-6-25-oz

Aerosol Machine:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/aerosol-dispenser-1000

Insect Strip:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/fumigant/hotshot-no-pest-strip

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

Insecticidal Soap:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/liquid/insecticidal-soap

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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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
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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We have been fighting Meal Moths for some time now. We are moving and have loaded all our food storage in a sealed trailer. While I was loading the food, I spotted 2 meal moths flying. Is there any thing I can fumigate the trailer with to kill all these guys? If I need 2 or more treatments, how many weeks do I need to wait before treating again?

If you review the online article we have detailing MEAL MOTH CONTROL, you’ll learn that the adult stage is typically the ones people find moving around their home. Though killing this stage will greatly diminish the ones you’re seeing, it won’t solve the problem. As our article explains, there must be a source of food from which the adults are emerging. And if you wish to get rid of the adults, you’ll need to get rid of their “source” food to effectively break the cycle.

There are many things on which they might be breeding. Most are listed in our article but the more common food stuff include cereal, pet food, pasta, flour, cake mix and other pantry stored ingredients. For the average homeowner, the guidelines we have listed in our article will help get their problem under control. For your situation, the resolution will be a bit different.

One important point to consider: If the stored items in your trailer will be there for several weeks, the risk of “cross contamination” is high. Adults have one thing in mind; find a mate and reproduce. If they are not able to find a suitable food supply on which to lay their eggs, they’ll undoubtedly do so on where ever they land. These “other” items may or may not be able to feed and sustain the hatching young. Since this pest is adaptable, the larvae could full well find something not commonly thought of as food on which to thrive. Other “sources” of nutrients that can work include cardboard boxes, clothing or some other fabric. My point is the longer everything stays inside the trailer, the higher the risk of this cross contamination. This could – and I have seen it happen – lead to a big mess and even damage if left untreated and ignored.

The best approach at this point would be to remove everything in the trailer, find the contaminated food stuff and discard it all. The trailer should then be treated with either the D-FORCE or the PERMETHRIN and then everything can be returned (less the bad items which were found) safely and with little risk of getting infested. In theory this should solve the problem.

If you are not able to handle the problem this way, the next best thing could be to set off some TOTAL RELEASE AEROSOLS. These would kill off the adults but as our article explains, it would only take a day or two for more to appear. A better option would be to set out some MEAL MOTH TRAPS. These would in turn collect the foraging adults which would stop them from reproducing. With any luck you’ll be able to keep them from populating long enough so that when you are finally able to remove the contents of the trailer, the source can be found and then discarded.

One other option worth mentioning is to get an AEROSOL MACHINE and set it out with some PURGE INSECT KILLER. This setup would enable you to get a regular amount of product to be applied on a regular basis so any hatching adults would die off before they could populate. Configure the machine to release a blast of product every hour and I’m sure it would handle the job.

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

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

Total Release: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/indoor-fogger-6-oz

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

Aerosol 1000:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/aerosol-dispenser-1000

Purge: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/purge-iii-6-25-oz

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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I’m seeing tiny little meal moths flying around my pantry and I want them gone! Do I have to remove all the stuf in there before I spray or can I apply the Baygon by just moving the boxes and dishes to the side?

Any time you treat a cabinet, especially in a kitchen or bathroom, it’s imperative that everything is first removed prior to spraying. This insures you get proper coverage and that you don’t contaiminate anything with the D-FORCE AEROSOL.

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

After giving the cabinet space a good spraying, be sure to set out some of the MOTH TRAPS to help catch any adults that will be emerging in the weeks after you spray. And of course, get rid of the infested food item as our meal moth control article explains.

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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