When Indianmeal Moths Attack!

Indianmeal moths love light and enjoy hanging out in grocery stores. And, sometimes they even make it to your pantry. Read our blog for more information and pictures of these pesky creatures. Ok, so we admit that our headline is a bit exaggerated. Indainmeal moths really won’t attack you. Well, not physically, anyway. They sight of them gestating in your Quaker Oats may attack your stomach and make you want to vomit, though.

Indianmeal moths are attracted to lights. You’ll find them in grocery stores flying around. And, unfortunately, sometimes you find them in your kitchen. According to PestWorld.com, “These moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.”

If you suspect that you have indianmeal moths (also known as indian meal moths), immediately dispose of the damaged product. And also dispose of any other products that aren’t tightly sealed. These moths are quite limber and can worm and squirm their way into tight spaces.

If you find them inside of a container, make sure to keep the container shut. You don’t want to give them the opportunity to fly to other foods.

Here are a few pictures of Indianmeal moths. We just discovered them at a customer’s home yesterday. Warning: These pictures may make you feel queasy.

David–our technician–found Indianmeal moths in Quaker Oats
If you look closely, you can see the Indianmeal moths inside
Indianmeal moth larvae on a Quaker Oats lid

Should you discover Indianmeal moths, we’re here to help. Call us at 615.217.7284. We hope your queasiness from the above pictures has subsided. 🙂

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