There is over 50,000 species of Weevils across the world and come from the Curculionidae family. Weevils can vary in size and are often around the 8mm in length. The most common Weevil is the grain or wheat Weevil and solely feed on farmer’s crops and will lay its eggs inside cotton balls, flour, nuts and seeds. Weevils are often found in dry food packaging and found once opened you will notice string like cobwebs in the packaging. Weevils can also be found in forests and will tunnel their way through damaged or stressed trees, they mainly attack deadwood.
The Indian Meal Moth also known as Plodia Interpunctella is a moth that is attracted to grains, flour and wheat but in saying that once you have an infestation of The Indian Meal Moth they can also infest other store bought products such as dried herbs, pasta, rice, tea and other related products.
If you do find that you have moths in your pantry it is more than likely that you do have The Indian Meal Moth.
You need to locate identify and take steps to eradicate these pest by not following the steps below will only allow The Indian Meal Moth to bread and create more havoc for you.
Indian Meal Moths have 3 lifecycles in their life time with the female Indian Meal Moth laying her eggs in food which are found in your pantry. Indian Meal Moth Larvae are a creamy colour worm which will hatch around 7 days after the female Indian Meal Moth lays her eggs.
Many of us will reach for the phone and call our local pest controller but here at Redline Pest Control we advise you of a treatment plan you can do by yourself, if you still have issues after you have followed the instructions below call Redline Pest Control on 9920 0790 or 0426 002 007.
Step 1: Once you have established that you have Indian Meal Moths you will need to go through your pantry and throw out all stored bought products.
Step 2: Remove everything from the pantry as you need to do some light cleaning.
Step 3: If you have any pantry liners you will need to remove them. You will need to get your vacuum and vacuum the pantry thoroughly; this includes the walls, the shelves and all corners of the pantry.
Step 4: Grab a bucket of hot soapy water and sponge and scrub down the pantry. Make sure you scrub the hinges and underneath the shelves as this are where Indian Meal Moths like to hide. If you have containers that have been in your pantry wash them in hot soapy water or a dishwasher this way you are eliminating the chances of any eggs hatching into larvae and causing a reinfestation of Indian Meal Moths.
Step 5: Using white vinegar and bay leaves help by eradicating Indian Meal Moths. Wipe down the whole pantry with white vinegar and place bay leaves in the corners of the pantry and you can even add bay leaves to your new stored products.
Step 6: Glue traps are a great way to trap any Indian Meal Moths that may still be lurking around. The traps have a pheromone that attracts Indian Meal Moths and once landing on the traps they are unable to fly away.
Step 7: You need to take all the store products and the contents of the vacuum out to the rubbish bin as by leaving it inside you have a higher chance of an infestation reoccurring due to larvae squirming out of the rubbish and into a hiding spot.
If you want to go that one step further you can also make sure that when you are purchasing any stored packages that they have not been opened, ripped or torn. Freeze newly bought stored products for a week as if there are any Indian Meal Moths eggs or larvae this will kill them off. Store all food stored bought products in air tight containers.