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The female Moth can lay anything up to six or seven hundred white eggs in or on food material, which will hatch in three to five days. They typically pupate in a silken cocoon but this may be lacking if pupation takes place in a crack or crevice. Regardless, pupation occurs in clean food material, away from the mass of infested material. The Moths life-cycle egg to egg usually takes eight to ten weeks, but in heated structures may be completed in four to six weeks. This means there could be four to six, or more generations of Moths per year depending on the temperature.
Adult Moths cause no damage. The larvae cause most of the problems because they crawl around extensively, and spin silken threads which mat food particles together. They can cause damage to machinery and can sometimes cause complete shut down until they are removed. Adult Moths are attracted to light. The Mediterranean flour Moth infests flour, cereals, bran, beans, biscuits, nuts, chocolates, dried foods and many other food stuffs.
Extensive damage, loss of quality, contamination of products and goods, cross infestation and the need to comply with UK Legislation are reason for control of moth infestations.
Brown House Moth
The Brown House Moth is a very common Household Pest that feeds on a huge variety of natural materials, everything from cereals to natural fabrics, which in fact is where the larvae do all the damage. The infestation can be camouflaged some what as the larva will spin it's cocoon into the material on which it's feeding.
The best way to avoid a Flour Moth infestation with stored products is to keep your pantry shelves clean and free of debris from opened Cereal packets, Crumbs and Dried food that can often fall behind worktop upstands, cracks and crevices, cupboards, drawers, shelves without you realizing it, until it's too late that is. Make sure that the areas where you eat and prepare food are cleaned regularly.
It really is all about cleanliness so if you spill food, or leave food exposed in open packets and/or containers it will attract the Flour Moth and ultimately harbours them. With regular cleaning you will probably never have a problem, but it does need you to be a little more efficient when you put the vacuum cleaner around.
Indian Meal Moth
Generally at night, the female Moth lays one hundred to four hundred eggs either singly, or in small groups on the larvae food material, during a period of one to eighteen days. The larvae period lasts from thirteen days to two hundred and eighty eight days, depending primarily on temperature and food availability. When the last stage of growth for the larvae is ready to pupate, it wanders about until a suitable pupation site is found. There are usually four to six generations per year, with the life cycle egg to egg typically requiring twenty five, to one hundred and thirty five days.
The adult Moth causes no damage, but the larvae are surface feeders and generally produce a lot of webbing throughout the infested parts of materials. They are general feeders and attack grain and grain products, a wide variety of dried fruits, seeds, nuts, powdered milk, biscuits, chocolate, and bird seed. They are very destructive wherever dried fruits are stored. Adults are attracted to lights.
They are responsible for considerable damage to goods and products, loss of quality, loss of goodwill and loss production.
Common Clothes Moth
On the day of emergence from there pupae, adult female Clothes Moths can mate and lay eggs. Each Moth on average lays thirty to forty eggs, either singly or in small groups over a two to three week period. The eggs hatch within four to ten days in the summer, but may require up to three weeks in the winter. Development time from egg to an adult Clothes Moth varies from a typical fifty to ninety days, to between thirty five days to four years. Females die after all their eggs are laid, usually after about one hundred and sixteen days, whereas males live on average for twenty eight days.
Considerable damage of goods and products, loss of quality and loss of goodwill is reason to control the Common Clothes Moth.
Case Clothes Moth
Female Moths mate on the day that they emerge as adults, and can start laying eggs the next day. They lay on average forty eggs singly on a suitable Lava food. The eggs hatch in about four to seven days, thereafter the lava wanders about for twenty four hours. Development time from egg to adult takes from forty six to one hundred and sixteen days. Female adults live for three to eight days males live for about three to five days.
Considerable loss of products, quality, loss of commodity, goodwill and bad publicity is good reason for control of the Case Clothes Moth.