Angoumois Grain Moth

Angoumois Grain Moth

Appearance:  The Angoumois Grain moth is a small math, and is approximately 3/16”, including the wingspan.  They are pale yellow, golden, or light tan in color.

Location and Behavior Patterns:  It is rare to find an infestation of Angoumois Grain moths inside a home.  They typically are located in field crops, where they can do some serious damage, if they are not detected in a sufficient amount of time.  They are attracted to grains and corn, and larvae that hatches among these crops, will devour these materials quickly.

If they are spotted indoors, they are often seen clinging to a ceiling or a wall, and they probably originated from a grain or corn source within your home.  Locating that source is important, in order to dispose of the affected product, and rid your home of this particular pest.  Note that the larvae of this moth species has a very strong odor, which will make affected items quite unappealing for consumers. 

Treatment:  The best way to prevent an infestation of the Angoumois Grain moth is to perform regular inspections of your pantry, and of your fields, if you are a farmer or a producer.  In your home, you may wish to dispose of any type of decorative Indian corn products, too, as they can attract this type of moth.  Your professional pest control technician can also treat an infestation directly.

Angoumois Grain Moth