How To Get Rid Of Indian Meal Moth Larvae In Bedroom

A Pantry moth is a typical cereal or flour pest that likes to eat foods that are already cooked and are stored away, like rice and pasta. It also loves to eat raw meat. Indian meal moths are known as pantry moths, Plodia, flour moths, weevil moths, or interpunctella. They are adept at hiding and feasting in the dark and are found across the U.S. The Indian meal moth is a tricky pest to get rid of because it can multiply rapidly and is widespread. But how would an Indian meal moth larvae find its way into the bedroom? In most cases, this happens when you frequently store away some foodstuff in the bedroom or have your meals or snacks in the bedroom. 

How to Identify Indian Meal Moths

Before you declare war on the moths in your home, you should be sure that you’re actually dealing with the Indian meal moths. This will help you choose the right targets for your war effort. Pantry moths can be pretty easy to spot. They look like they are wearing a long sash or something similar. They are primarily brown in color with darker brown tips. They have an area on the tip of their wings that looks like it has a short, vertical stripe running along the top of their wings. 

There are two types of moths: the webbing moth and the case-making moth. Webbing moths are fairly uniform in color and look like they are whitish-golden in color. The case-making moths are a bit darker than ordinary moths but not nearly as dark as Indian meal moths. They have relatively small dark spots on their wings.

How to Get Rid of Indian Meal Moths

Here are some simple steps to take to get rid of Indian meal moths in your house:

1. Throw Away the Infested Food

Now, here is where it gets really painful. You will have to throw out a lot of food. If you miss any eggs or larvae, you will have to repeat the process many times. Stay true to the motto, “If in doubt, throw it away!” Make sure you have a big garbage bag ready to throw away your dirty food. You will also need to trash away all the food you have stored in your kitchen garbage can. 

Your focus is to move these Indian moths to outside garbage cans as far from your house as possible. Because these bugs can hide under the label and reproduce, it’s often challenging to eliminate them completely. Some people find the larvae underneath the labels on their canned food. 

If you can remove the labels from all the food you have stored in your house, throw them outside. Alternatively, put them in your freezer if you can’t bear to throw away some food. The coldness kills all stages of the moth’s life.

2. Do Thorough Deep Cleaning

You should do a deep clean like you have never done before. Vacuum your entire pantry and remove all food debris. Use a damp cloth to clean every corner of your cupboards and pantry meticulously. If you have removable shelves, you really need to remove them to clean them. 

3. Clean their Favorite Hideouts

Moths wedge themselves behind the shelves of your pantry, even behind the wooden supports on which the shelves sit. If they think they can hide in a dark corner, they will! If you cannot remove all the food, over-saturate your cloth and apply soap to the small spaces between the shelves and the walls. Repeat this process twice more. Don’t forget to clean any crevices in the walls, such as the hinges on the doors and the trim around your doors.

Indian Meal Moth Larvae
Indian Meal Moth Larvae

4. Mop the Floors

Thoroughly sweep your floors and clean the countertops. If you have a microwave or other small appliances that sit in your kitchen, wash them thoroughly. If you have empty shelves, apply a fine dusting of Borax or Food-Grade Pest Control Earth on them. Ensure you focus on all the nooks and crannies of your entire home.

5. Set Up Traps

Install homemade Indian moth traps in your pantry. These are small plastic tubes that you put inside sealed food containers. These pheromone traps are capable of trapping males to discourage mating. The traps will help you track down any potential survivors. One trap per room is enough. 

6. Avoid Buying Excessive Food

If there are a lot of moths in your house, you shouldn’t purchase more food. Moth larvae need a food source to grow, and if you don’t provide them with that, they will die naturally. You may also need to invest in some good-quality containers that are well sealed.

7. Remain Vigilant

Call in the help of a professional fumigation firm to help keep an eye out for moths. Have everyone in the neighborhood and your house constantly watch out for these tiny insects. If you spot a moth or its webbed larvae, smother them immediately! It’s not easy to eliminate a moth without destroying its webbed cocoons. A simple vacuum cleaner won’t do the job. 

They will hide in a nook or a crevice in a wall or somewhere else. You will need to remove them from the house physically. You may think you have gotten rid of all these pests, but you may not be able to do it. It’s pretty obvious that they prefer dark days and nights. Keep a close eye on all food items, and remove any signs of infestation as quickly as possible.

Wrapping Up

Summertime is that period when you get to enjoy the great outdoors, go hiking, enjoy swimming, and just have fun with your friends and family. If you have Indian moths everywhere in your house, you may find that your time is consumed by something totally different. It may be as though you are fighting a war with moths. That’s right, eradicating the horrible moths from your home can become a huge battle! However, with the help of these ingenious home remedies, you can get rid of them successfully.

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