The Dangers of Moth Infestations
Meal moths belong to the same family group as butterflies. However, these creatures aren’t as flashy in their overall appearance. They have very long antennae, large compound eyes and unique tube-like mouthparts which they roll-up when not in use.
They have membranous wings that are completely covered in overlapping scales that could have bright colours and elaborate patterns. We at Forensic Pest Control have seen that these pests cause extensive damage to foods stored in pantries in homes and commercial food storage settings as well.
More about meal moths
Meal moths may also be referred to as pantry moths and there are different species that can infest kitchen cabinets and pantry spaces. One of the commonest pests are seed moths, Mediterranean flour moth as well as other grain moths. All these different moth species are quite similar in appearance, the habitats they prefer and their lifestyle as well. This is why they are collectively referred to as pantry moths. Here is some more information about them:
- A large majority of moths that infest stored products aren’t native to Australia. They have infiltrated the country via trading and ships.
- These moths infest a variety of foods that could be in transit or in storage.
- Since they are small in size, it means they often go undetected.
- Most household moth infestations occur when we buy food that has already been infested. That’s how we unknowingly bring these creatures into our homes.
- In natural settings, pantry moths generally feed on plant products, such as leaves and fruit etc. However, they are extremely adaptable and can easily make their home in various grain and food products in your pantry.
- Adult moths don’t destroy food because they have very tiny mouth-parts and don’t feed.
- It generally the hungry larvae take that cause all the damage as they munch methodically through all types of stored products including seeds, cereals, powdered milk, nuts, dried fruits and biscuits. In fact they can also infest products such as dry pet foods, chocolate, bird seed and flour.
- As these larvae munch on the food, they cover these products with silk and webs which also provide them shelter. Food particles & frass cling to these webs and silken strands which is when we typically notice the pantry moth infestation.
Why You Need Meal Moth Control
While these pests can be extremely annoying, they can also cost us considerably by making the foods inedible. They can devour expensive food items such as chocolate, nuts and dried fruit etc. The larvae’s chewing action damages the food products which also become contaminated with dead larvae, droppings and shed skins.
These larvae feed rapidly and grow quickly which produces a significant amount of metabolic heat. This increases the temperature and moisture in the food. Moulds and bacteria begin to flourish in these ideal environment and speed up the food spoilage process.
If you have noticed a moth infestation in your home, call the experts about delay. We will provide top quality services of the most cost-effective pricing. For more information about our expert pest control services, call Forensic Pest Control at 1300 360 457. This online form can be used to send queries and we will call back shortly.