How Do You Get Rid of Grain Moths?

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Getting rid of grain moths requires eliminating the source of the larva, which could be in bags of sunflower seeds, in spices, in boxes of cereals, in bags of rice or underneath soup can labels. Seek professional help to completely get rid of grain moths... View Video Transcript

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Mark Govan

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Hi I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida. A lot of people ask us how we get rid of grain moths? Well grain moths are a real bad problem in peoples' homes especially people that have problems with birds, and they buy a lot of bird feed because a lot of the grain moths live in the actual kernels of corn and sunflower seeds that we actually get inside of our bird mix. Well how can you get rid of that? Well first of all the number one thing is to find the source of where they are coming from. Now this could mean going through a lot of your spice cabinets and a lot of areas where you might have even your pet food and looking to see where you might find any larva. Well I mean how are you going to find these larva? They are very very small and to give you an indication here is just a regular old can of soup and a lot of times what we look for when we are going through a customer's home is we are going to take the wrapper off of the can and then we will look inside where the little grooves are under the wrapper and that is where we usually find a lot of our larva so it is very hard to determine. A lot of times we will tell people to go ahead and take the cans and actually put them into some warm water and wash the cans off and then dry them off and eliminate the label. Another thing to look for are any spots or holes in any of your food stuff, any type of boxes of cereal or grains or rice, you can see little tiny holes and if you see that in your packaging when you bring them home from the grocery store just throw it away and get rid of it. Once you have a problem in your home you are going to have to call a professional. I highly recommend a trained eye trying to control this particular problem. What they will do is they will ask you if they do find the problem and they'll go ahead and clear out the area for you, identify where the pests are coming from but because of the grain beetles and grain moths actually flying around the home the only way to get rid of those is by using another product such as the PT 565 foggers. This particular product is used and this will kill any of the adults that are in and around the home that we don't normally find inside of a cabinet or something else. Very very effective but should be applied by a professional. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida hoping you have a pest free day.