Larva Size: 1/2-5/8” Color: Dirty white/Pale gray Moth Wingspread: 9/16 -7/8” Color: Molted Gray
The Almond Moth gets its common name from being a serious pest on almonds. It’s larva usually lives inside a dense silken gallery amongst the food material and this tube gets filled with frass. With heavy infestations, the larvae usually leave the food material to pupate on the walls of the storage areas. The adults cause no damage and their emergence reaches its peak around dusk. Worldwide dried fruits are the preferred food, especially figs and dates. However it does infest a wide range of stored vegetable materials such as flours, grains, cereals, cocoa beans, peanuts, and shelled nuts including almonds.
Prevention: Good sanitation is the key along with the immediate transfer and storage of products packaged in paper, cardboard, or plastic bags into tight sealing jars or Tupperware-type containers. Call us for a free inspection.