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From: Kathie Kleckner
Hebron , IN
I discovered where all the zillions of little moths I've been seeing were coming from last night. ..I have 2 indoor cats that had fleas, and recently had exterminator here 2 xs...yet these moths are in everyroom...I was cleaning the bathroom and went to pour the rid-x in toilet n saw all theses nasty bugs inside...n immediately threw it in outside trash...I took some pictures today of some of the moths on the ceilings in several rooms...I did some research and see a lot of people over several years have experienced the same nightmare ordeal...what are these actally called, and why doesn't the rid x company acknowledge this problem so many people have compained of? Thank you for any response.

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Hello: Thanks for sending the images outside of this system. The moths are that of the Indian Meal Moth. These are the adults. The life cycle starts with an adult laying eggs, those eggs hatch into a larvae (worm stage) that later leaves the food source and pupates to become an adult. Their main food source will be ANY product that contains grain or grain based. A short list is flour, cereal, pancake mix, muffin mix, oatmeal, dog and cat food, bird food. Processed foods like pasta products,while ok when placed in the pantry can become contaminated too. If you search your home/pantry, you will likely find the source of the infestation. Sanitation is the fix for this. throw out any contaminated products, place any flour based products you keep in tightly sealed containers until you are sure you have broken the life cycle. Bags of flour can be put in the freezer or refrigerator until used up. Thoroughly clean and vacuum the area, catching all the cracks and crevices where a larvae may move to to pupate. . From your description of the insects coming from the RidX package, those ARE NOT Indian meal moths.

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