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Identifying Moth Larvae

Identifying Moth Larvae

Identifying Moth larvae quickly and effectively ensures the correct treatment in terms of insecticides, delivery methods and areas that need treating is carried out. In this article I will outline the differences between the common house moth’s larvae.

Common Clothes Moth Larvae

Colour – Whitish in colour with a brown head.

Size – 10mm – 12mm.

Time at larval stage – 2 months – 30 months (depending on factors such as humidity and temperature)

Primary food source – Keratin

Habits – Often found on materials with a high Keratin content stored in dark, cool places (such as wardrobes, drawers, closets etc.)

Other characteristics – Common Clothes Moth Larvae favour fabrics with a high Keratin content in order to construct their cocoons quicker and transition to the adult stage of the life-cycle.

TreatmentThe Common Clothes Moth larvae can be killed with various insecticides including Cypermethrin, Permethrin and Pyrethrum. The comprehensive treatment follows the principal of combining active ingredients and delivery methods within a restricted time frame, providing quick and wide ranging knockdown across all stages of the Clothes Moth lifecycle and maintaining long-lasting control.

 

Case Bearing Carpet Moth

Colour – Whitish in colour with a reddish-brown head.

Size – 9mm.

Time at larval stage – 1 month – 12 months (depending on factors such as humidity and temperature)

Primary food source – Keratin

Habits – Often found on carpets with a high Keratin content, under furniture and in dark places.

Other characteristics – Case Bearing Moth Larvae favour materials with a high Keratin content in order to construct their cocoons quicker and transition to the adult stage of the life-cycle.

TreatmentThe Case Bearing Moth larvae can be killed with various insecticides including Cypermethrin, Permethrin and Pyrethrum. The comprehensive treatment follows the principal of combining active ingredients and delivery methods within a restricted time frame, providing quick and wide ranging knockdown across all stages of the Case-Bearing Moth lifecycle and maintaining long-lasting control.

 

 

 

 

Tapestry Moth

Colour – Yellowish-brown with dark outlining markings.

Size – 10mm.

Time at larval stage – 70 to 90 days (depending on factors such as humidity and temperature)

Primary food source – Keratin

Habits – Often found on fabrics with a high Keratin content, under furniture and in dark places.

Other characteristics – Tapestry Moth Larvae favour materials with a high Keratin content in order to construct their cocoons quicker and transition to the adult stage of the life-cycle.

TreatmentThe Tapestry Moth larvae can be killed with various insecticides including Cypermethrin, Permethrin and Pyrethrum. The comprehensive treatment follows the principal of combining active ingredients and delivery methods within a restricted time frame, providing quick and wide ranging knockdown across all stages of the Tapestry Moth lifecycle and maintaining long-lasting control.

 

Indian Meal Moth

Colour – The colour of larvae is dirty white – colour can depend on the food source.

Size – 10mm.

Time at larval stage – 2 weeks – 42 weeks (depending on factors such as temperature)

Primary food source – Pythogenous Food products

Habits – Often found dried food such as seeds, cereals or dog food. However, can also be found in dried plants and dried flower wreath arrangements.

Other characteristics – Larvae may be seen as they wander in search of a place to pupate, or pass through the pupal stage.

TreatmentThe Indian Meal Moth larvae can be killed with various insecticides including Cypermethrin, Permethrin and Pyrethrum. The comprehensive treatment follows the principal of combining active ingredients and delivery methods within a restricted time frame, providing quick and wide ranging knockdown across all stages of the Indian Meal Moth lifecycle and maintaining long-lasting control.

 

Mediterranean Meal Moth

Colour – Small whitish or pinkish larvae, with a very hard and dark coloured head and small black spots on the body.

Size – 13mm – 16mm.

Time at larval stage – 2 weeks – 4 weeks (depending on factors such as temperature)

Primary food source – Pythogenous Food products

Habits – Often found dried food such as seeds, cereals or dog food. However, can also be found in dried plants and dried flower wreath arrangements.

Other characteristics – Once hatched they immediately spin silken tubes. When fully grown, the larvae will leave the immediate area where they were feeding and wander about in search of a location to spin silken cocoons.

TreatmentThe Mediterranean Meal Moth Larvae can be killed with various insecticides including Cypermethrin, Permethrin and Pyrethrum. The comprehensive treatment follows the principal of combining active ingredients and delivery methods within a restricted time frame, providing quick and wide ranging knockdown across all stages of the Mediterranean Meal Moth life-cycle and maintaining long-lasting control.

 

 

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