Indian Meal Moths

(Plodia Interpunctella)

Recognition: Adults have a wingspread averaging 3/4". Upper win a pale color with the lower half a reddish brown. The Larval stage is roughly ½" in length and uniformly an off white color with the exception of the head which is brownish in color..

Habits: Females may lay as many as 400 eggs over the course of two weeks. Eggs will be laid upon a food material and as the larval stage emerges it will feed until it has consumed an adequate amount to pupate and become an adult moth. The larval stage can often be seen wandering on kitchen ceilings.

Control: As with all pests, Abair Lavery will take the least hazardous approach possible. As with all stored food pests, control will consists of locating the source and removing it. Good preventative measures include practicing good sanitation, proper storage and rotation of stock. Chemical measures are determined on site once the situation has been evaluated.

Lady Bug

(Harmonia axyridis)

Recognition: Oval shaped and averaging a 1/4" in length. Color is mainly red with black spots but the color can vary. Orange, yellow or brown Lady Bugs are common.

Habits: Adults will overwinter in a protected environment that offers enough warmth to survive the winter. This often means your home. Adults will fly to a structure and immediately begin looking for cracks and crevices to enter. Once in, they can often become a nuisance in unwanted areas. Upon emerging in the spring the females will deposit their eggs on plant life.

Control: As with all pests, Abair Lavery will take the least hazardous approach possible. Because lady bugs are considered beneficial and are of little health importance, direct control is not recommended. However, in the event of extreme infestations where the pest becomes overbearing, interior treatments can be applied to attempt to relieve the situation. Whenever possible, vacuuming is encouraged to decrease the number of bugs present. In the spring a thorough inspection should be done to determine possible entry points for the pest. Around window frames, cable entrances, fascia boards and doorways are common entrances. Any issues should be sealed as best as you can.


North American Millipedes

(Narceus Americanus)

Recognition: Adults generally averaging 1" in length. Color ranges from brown to black. Long cylinder shaped and almost wormlike in appearance.

Habits: Millipedes will overwinter in residential or commercial structures. Adult females will lay up to 250 eggs during the summer. These pests are found in areas of high moisture and feed primarily on decaying organic matter.

Control: As with all pests, Abair Lavery will take the least hazardous approach possible. The key to long term control is to remove the moisture is that is allowing this pest to thrive. Conditions such as leaf piles, grass clippings, wood piles or simply overgrown vegetation are places to start. For remaining adults, a liquid application is suggested.