Larva Size: 1/4″ Color: White Moth Wingspread: 1/2 -5/8” Color: Pale yellowish brown
The Angoumois Grain Moth gets its common name because it was first reported destroying grain in this French province. It requires a whole kernel or caked material for development. In the U.S. it is considered second only to granary and rice weevils as a pest of stored grain. This pest is active at low temperatures and can cause considerable damage in the winter. Infested grain has a sickening smell and taste which makes it unpalatable. The moths leave a lot of debris on top of infested grain. Adults are attracted to light and cause no damage. It prefers to attack barley, rye, corn, oats, rice and various seeds. It only attacks whole kernels and prefers damp grain as opposed to old dry grain.
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.