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ABOUT THE PESTS / OTHER PESTS / PANTRY PESTS
The Indian meal moth is the most common of pantry pests. It feeds on almost any kind of dried food, grains, flour and cornmeal. During the evening hours, they actively fly around in a zig-zag pattern, and tend to rest quietly during the day. The wings are bicolored, the tips being a copper brown, while the inner part is a lighter beige color.

The caterpillar stage is usually cream colored, sometimes with yellowish-green or pinkish shades, and has a dark brown head. Normally they stay associated with foods, but the full grown caterpillars, about 2/3 inch long, may be seen as they wander in search of a place to pupate.

The first stage of controlling this pest is to identify all potential sources of infestation in your home. Infested materials should be discarded, promptly used up, or treated with heat or cold to kill insects found in the food. A thorough clean-out of all food sources is critical to managing the Indian meal moth. To help prevent reinfestation, be sure to store your pantry items in insect resistant containers, or in the refrigerator if possible.

For more information on pantry pests and other common pests, please contact us today.

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