Indianmeal Moth
(Plodia interpunctella)

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The Indian meal moth and its larvae can be very destructive to farms, food store places, they will eat on grain, dried fruits and varied processed food products.

Greyish white colour, lower half is a rusty red-brown color

Description

Biology

Can lay up to 100-300 eggs after mating
Larvae hatch between 2 - 14 days, Average life span of 30- 300 days

Food

Meal moths will eat bread, cereals, fruit, grain, pet food such as bird seeds and other food products you may have in your home.

Habitat

Anywhere you store foods is a potential spot for meal moths, with the larvae capable of biting through cardboard and even plastic.

Reasons for control

Nuisance:

Food safety:

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

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