How to Spot a Meal Moth

When we hear about the need for pest control, we generally tend to think of pests such as cockroaches, termites, ants, and rodents. It is less often that we hear about home infestations caused by the infamous meal moths. However, despite being slightly lesser-known than the cockroach, meal moths can wreak havoc on your pantry or kitchen. Known for feeding, and laying their eggs in food products like grains and flour, meal moths will infest your food and become a general nuisance to your household. To better know whether you are dealing with a meal moth infestation in your home, let’s cover how to spot a meal moth and where they tend to spawn in your home.

The meal moth, or Pyralis farinalis, is a type of moth of the Pyralidae family. They are a common pest found in pantries or kitchens and feed on grains, cereal, cornmeal, and flour. Like most moths, the meal moth is mostly nocturnal and attracted to light. Adult meal moths are easily recognizable due to the coloring of their wings, which are speckled grey with a rust-brown band toward the ends. Their upper wings are considered colorful by moth standards, and the meal moth generally holds them close to the body while the moth is resting. The adult meal moth has a lifespan of around 6 days, of which it spends its adult life entirely dedicated to the function of reproduction. Within that time, the female meal moth will lay between 300-500 microscopic eggs that will hatch into larvae that are off-white in color and have a brown head.

Meal moths infest your home in one of two ways. They are either brought in with packed food items that have already been infested with eggs or larvae, or from food bought from an infested store or supermarket. Though product manufacturers take extensive efforts to prevent infestation and prevent the delivery of tainted food, meal moths can be hard to contain. Therefore, despite best efforts, infested product can occasionally slip by and make its way to the grocery aisle.

Once in your home, the meal moth will overrun your pantry. Larvae will chew through packaging to feed on other foods. They will also hide among grains they are feeding on or within various cracks they find. Though preferring grains, larva will also feed on dried fruit, seeds, and even cork. You may also find webs in your food from larvae creating silken cocoons as they transition into pupas. Larvae can even make their way to areas several meters from infested food in the pantry as they crawl around trying to find places where the can make their cocoons. Once an adult, the meal moth will lay its eggs in grains, flour, and cereal to ensure the survival of its offspring.

Once you determine that you have a meal moth infestation, there are a few options you can take to rid yourself of the pests. You can apply chemical insecticides to all cracks and crevices found within your shelves and cupboards to prevent future infestation. Or, if you are concerned whether you will be effective at removing the infestation on your own, you can contact pest control to handle the infestation. Just know that pest control or pesticides alone will not be enough to completely eliminate the infestation, and additional effort will need to be made to dispose of all contaminated foods. However, pest control can effectively remove a meal moth infestation from your pantry and prevent reinfestation in your home. If you are finding meal moths in your home, call pest control in Vancouver to get rid of these annoying pests.

The biggest winter pests of the Portland Oregon area.

Anyone who lives in Portland knows how beautiful the weather can be. Most seasons are moderate, never reaching too harsh of extremes. Common household pests seem to be more frequently discussed as Spring and Summer time problems. The Fall and Winter, are also times to be weary of pests. Many species, such as the infamous Box Beetle, tend to hibernate when the cooler weather sets in. This drive for finding shelter in the colder months is also a cause for other pests to spike in activity. Not all creepy crawly pests lay low during the winter. Most people think about rodents as the biggest winter pest, but in the Portland area, roaches are the prime insect pest for Winter months.


They are always always looking for warmth, even more so in the Winter.


Anyone who has ever dealt with these most annoying pests, or has known anyone how has, knows how horrible they can be. They congregate in anything that gives off warmth, especially in electronic devices, and in damp spaces. Baseboards, under sinks, tubs, and just about anywhere in the home can be a gathering place for roaches. Portland pest control companies report Winter as one of the most severe times for infestations. If the problems are not addressed before cold weather sets it, it can be even more exhaustive to exterminate them entirely. This is due to the fact that at times when you begin addressing an infestation, pests will tend to flee before entirely dying off. With inhospitable conditions present, colonies tend to hunker down instead of dispersing. Another factor to why they are more difficult to deal with if not addressed before the cold sets in, is that while they may not seem as visible at times if the house is kept cooler, they are lurking unseen and multiplying through the Winter. This can result in a horrific resurgence in the Spring when the general temperatures rise once more and make it more hospitable for inside species of roaches.


Most Portland pest control companies suggest addressing the issue at the first sighting.


Even if it is a single roach at the start of Winter, it is advisable to search or have your home inspected. Most solutions offered over the counter cannot fully handle roach infestations, and sometimes can make them worse. A true professional pest control company can help pinpoint any potential problems, as well as find the source of a starting issue. Truly expelling a roach problem requires not just killing off the current population and preventing future colonies, it is about identifying how they got in and why they came in. Many Portland pest control companies will often take a multiple step approach, not only in identifying an infestation, but also in identifying ways to prevent it from happening again. From sealing up cracks along windows, walls, and doors, to suggestions on how to properly store garbage for disposal, simple things done around the home can help keep it free from future problems all year round.

This Hornet Will Be the Last Thing You See Before You Die

Caity Weaver – Wasps – 9/30/13

It’s no secret that Earth has got a lot of problems and, if you live here, you already know that I am talking about wasps. There are so many wasps here. Each one is a problem. According to recent reports out of China, 21 people have died as a result of wasp stings over the past three months in the province of Shaanxi alone. It might be time to just pack up our bags and return to the moons we came from. Might be time to turn Earth over to the wasps.

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Pest Control Hornets

After July 4th Yellow Jackets Become a Big Problem in the Portland Area

Un-bee-lievable: Wasp nest is larger than man

See an insect expert in Florida face the largest yellow jacket nest he’s ever seen, measuring over six and a half feet tall and nearly eight feet wide.

WFLA’s Jeff Patterson

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