“Better known as Waxworms”
The Lesser Wax Moth is a rather small plain looking moth that has an interesting life history. First seen in North American in 1806 and believed to have been imported there with honeybees from Europe. The adults are described as having a narrow creamy white body with a brown head and is about 10-13mm in length. The damaging larvae are yellowish tan that forms a white cocoon in frass. They typically reside in milder climates, but prevail in year round warm climates such as Florida, where they are a serious pest problem with stored honey suppliers.
The adult moths are attracted to light. Both Lesser Wax Moth eggs and larvae can usually be found in bee colonies, but are routinely eliminated by worker bees and the moths never build to large population levels.
The larvae feed on the wax of old honeycombs in beehives, dried vegetables and fruit, stored pollen, horn shavings, cork, refined sugar, and dead insects. The adult stage of the Lesser Wax Moth does not eat. The larva is the stage that causes the damage.
Control of the Lesser Wax Moth with beekeepers is now limited because many fumigates are no longer available. Extreme heat and cold are limited. Soon beekeepers will be left without any means to chemically control the Lesser Wax Moth. If you are seeing Lesser Wax Moths from a beehive that was removed from your home in the past, or seeing the moths around your home, Collier Pest Control has the appropriate materials and control methods to eliminate any unwanted Lesser Wax Moths from your home. Call our office for a complete explanation on the Lesser Wax Moth or any of our services. Information on all of our service and most of Florida’s problem pests can be found on our website at collierpestcontrol.com. Remember Florida’s does not have to be shared with insects!