The Indian meal moth is a common pest recognized by its pale gray or coppery brown front wings. Similar to a small pinkish caterpillar in its larval stage, the indian meal moth hides within and feeds on stored food products.

The Clothes moth is considered to be a serious pest since they derive their main source of nourishment from natural fibers and dry food products that include: grains and pet food stored in homes or businesses.

Moth Control

Moths get inside a home or commercial location via open windows, doors or accidentally from infested plants or items - such as rugs, clothing or linens.

Moths are a problem for residential homes, bakeries, restaurants, grain industries and warehouses storing; grains, cereals and flour. Any dried food products should be checked regularly for the presence of moths. Bright outdoor lighting fixtures during the late evening hours is also a significant factor in attracting moths to a residential or commercial location.

Maintaining high standards of cleanliness in cupboards and food storage areas will help avoid infestations.

Facts about Moths

  • Most adult moths do not eat at all and drink only nectar. Only one species of moth actually eats wool.
  • Clothes moths avoid man-made fibers. Woolens and other natural fabrics must be dry cleaned or washed before storage.
  • Moths and other pest are attracted to stored foods such as flour and grains. Seal these items in sturdy plastic food containers. Some pests can actually chew into cardboard boxes and thin polythene bags.
  • Moths are nocturnal and naturally attracted to bright locations with ample food supplies that include restaurants and grocery stores.