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Meal Moth

 

(Pyralis farinalis), a moth of the family Pyralididae, a dangerous pest of grain, seed, food products, and forage. The wingspread is up to 30 mm. The anterior wings are lilacbrown at their base and tip and have a wide, ash-yellow stripe running along the middle; the posterior wings are dark gray, with sinuate lines

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Changes in the numbers of Indian meal moths were monitored using glue-board traps with pheromone lures in a US military commissary distribution center in the Republic of Korea (ROK), from July 2007 to February 2010.
Phosphate pesticides were applied as an immediate remedy when active growths of Indian meal moths were detected in August 2007 (space fogging), June 30, 2008 (residual spraying), and June 13, 2009 (residual spraying).
While we do not know if the moth entered the packaging at the store level, in transit, or in storage, we are confident that the Indian Meal Moths you encountered did not originate in our warehouse or bakery," alleged the Clif Bar rep.
it is my ahem understanding that the Clif people are aware of the Indian Meal Moth problem.
The Indian Meal moth (Plodia interpunctella) is considered to be the most destructive of all grain-infesting moths.
Indian meal moths can contaminate the entire pantry and are most often found lurking in dried fruits, flour, powdered milk, dry dog food and corn meal.
Indian meal moths, grain and flour infesting beetles and weevils, ants and mice are common party crashers this time of the year, invading pantries nationwide.
Common pantry pests include several types of beetles, earwigs, Indian meal moths, pillbugs, stink bugs, silverfish, centipedes, millipedes and house crickets.
Silent intruders such as Indian meal moths, flour and grain infesting beetles and weevils and ants can easily find their way inside homes, infesting pantries and their contents," said Arrow Pest Expert Shay Runion.
The most common pantry pests include beetles, ants, weevils and Indian meal moths.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Indian meal moths, part of a group of insects referred to as "pantry pests," can infest common kitchen pantry items such as flour, dry cereal, spices, candies and chocolate.
Spiders, bees, wasps, termites, ants, ladybugs, blow flies, gnats, aphids, pantry pests such as Indian meal moths and others will soon appear, as they thrive in climates with sustained temperatures of 60 degrees.