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).
The glue-board type of pheromone trap with attractant for Indian meal moths, 4 related moths (almond moth (Cadra cautella (Walker)), raisin moth (C.
"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.
His target is the Indian meal moth
, the number one worldwide pest of such stored products as nuts, grains, chocolate, and birdseed.
High-IQ meal moth
larvae can penetrate unopened plastic-wrapped food and then hatch.
19 Journal of Biological Chemistry, Brenda Oppert of the Department of Agriculture in Manhattan, Kan., and her colleagues reported physiological differences in how Indian meal moths
resist Bt toxins.
* Indian Meal Moths feed on grain (cereal, bread, pasta, rice) spices (salt etc) and dried fruits, and can often find their way to stored products through sealed bags and Tupperware containers.
* The Indian Meal moth (Plodia interpunctella) is considered to be the most destructive of all grain-infesting moths.
It sounds as though they may be "meal moths
." Check out Garden's Alive cupboard moth traps (sticky traps), www.gardensalive.com or 812-537-8650 for a catalog.
At least 10 other insects, including Indian meal moths
, have developed some resistance to Bt, especially where farmers have used it extensively.
A meal moth
can penetrate unopened plastic-wrapped food.