keep your birdseed safe from unwanted pests!
Lasts for 3 months
Effective, non-toxic moth control
Uses powerful natural sex attractants
Approved for all food handling areas
Use for bird seed, pet food and stored grains
Use in homes, barns, stores and restaurants
The most common moths found in stored foods, feed and seed worldwide are the Indian meal moth, Mediterranean flour moth, almond moth and raisin moth. These insects occur almost everywhere, and are attracted by food. Eggs are laid on or near the food, such as in cracks and crevasses in shelving and cupboards. Adult moths emerge and fly about seeking mates. The FLOUR MOTH TRAP uses the same chemical messenger (pheromone) that female moths use to attract male moths for mating. Male moths are drawn by the scent and caught on the capture pad. Removing male moths prevents the mating and subsequent egg laying. Long term use of the FLOUR MOTH TRAP will reduce troubling infestations without the use of toxic chemicals.
Long-term use of this trap will reduce pesky infestations without the use of toxic chemicals. Effective for up to 3 months.
Available: two per pack $7.45each
Quantity Discount Available: 12 or more $83.40 (only $6.95 each!)
Seed Moth Traps - effective non-toxic method of controlling seed moths. Approved for use in all food handling areas. Two traps per pack.
It's Moth Time in Your Kitchen Again!
the unexpected, unwanted bonus from bird seed and pet foods.
Every spring as evening approaches most people experience small moths flying around indoors, especially in their kitchen. While you may think these moths just flew into your home, they are a sure sign of moths in your pet food or bird seed. Called flour moths, seed moths, or meal moths, these are the most common insects found in homes all around the world. Four insects make up this group; the Indian meal moth (most often found in homes), Mediterranean flour moth, raisin moth and almond moth. Even though entomologists believe up to 80% of households have these insects, most people don't realize they are infested until they find the worms in their food or have little moths flying all around the house.
The moths are extremely difficult to control because they live in all types of human and pet food - things we don't ever want to spray with pesticides. The insects infest every type of food-handling facility, from farms, grain elevators, trains, feed processors, stores: all the way to your flour bin. At every stage of the process farmers and food handlers fight an intensive, ongoing, losing battle against these insects. Pet food makers, bird seed suppliers and pet stores have all taken a proactive approach to make sure the insects don't end up in your home. But sometimes things beyond their control cause moths to end up in their products once they reach your home. These insects can breed in just a small space, needing only a fraction of an ounce of food to complete their life cycle. They can survive in the dust left on the sides of grain bins, or in the spilled food in small cracks of kitchen cupboards.
The insects can also seemingly appear out of nowhere because they can fly into homes from outside. Indian meal moth is native to North America. Asa Fitch, an early American entomologist, found the insect in corn meal and named the moth for its preferred food, which she knew as 'Indian meal.' The insect can fly into homes or stores following the odors of foods like corn, grains or chocolate. The insects also infest food commodities where-ever foods are handled. Eggs laid by the moths hatch into tiny caterpillars; little worms capable of eating their way or crawling through packaging into foods. Here they feed, damaging the food and leaving webbing in the food and food bins. After the caterpillars mature, they often crawl around looking for a good place to pupate. This is when people often notice these wormy-looking insects in their kitchens. The insect will pupate in a protected space and emerge as an adult a few days later or the next spring.
Once the adult moths emerge they are ready to mate. Here's where modern science offers a non-toxic solution to this pesky problem. Female moths release a chemical messenger, a pheromone, that calls and attracts male moths over long distances. The message is irresistible to males. It says "come here now, it is time, and if you are late, you miss out!" Obviously, it doesn't count being the second male moth to show up, so the insects respond very quickly to this message, often in seconds or minutes.
Scientists at Agro-BioTech Corp. have placed this same natural compound in their new insect trap, the FLOUR MOTH TRAP, which kills moths for up to three months. The trap combines the moth pheromone in a release device with a simple, friendly glue trap to catch and kill the male moths. It works in two ways. First, by removing all the male moths in your store, female moths never mate and can't lay eggs. This breaks the moth cycle when the traps are used year round. Second, the appearance of moths in the trap can signal when a store has become infested, so that the source of the infestation can be found and treated. Two simple, non-toxic methods will get rid of the worm stages: throw the food out or place it in a deep freezer for two weeks (a regular fridge-top freezer will not get cold enough).
Company entomologist Michael Banfield reports "the Indian meal moth pheromone is one of the most powerful insect pheromones ever discovered. Most pheromones only attract one species: this attracts four different types of insects. We put only about 5 times the weight of a fingerprint into a lure, and yet it lasts for months. People can't smell the pheromone, but the insects can. The effect can be stunning. We've walked into stores and drawn 200 to 300 moths to a lure within 5 minutes. When people use our trap, they don't see the moths again."
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