Chocolate Moths / warehouse or Cocoa Moths

Chocolate Moths / warehouse or
Cocoa Moths
Commonly found in
  • HOME
  • FOOD SERVICE (Restaurants & Bars)
  • HOSPITALITY (Hotels & Resorts)
  • RETAIL (Supermarkets, Convenience stores)
  • AGRICULTURE (Raw Materials, Fruits and Vegetables, Livestock )

Feed on nuts, almonds, cocoa beans, dried fruit and also damages flours, milled cereal products, etc.

This is a very serious pest problem in the chocolate industry. The moths nearly always reach the factory in the raw materials. In addition, the remains of cocoa beans and other materials may be seats of infection, and the machinary itself may harbour pockets of suitable food for these moths.

If the moths appear in the factory there is always the risk that they may have laid eggs on the finished product, and so one may have the problem of ‘worms’ in the chocolate. The infestation may also take place in a store or shop.

This moth can also eat tobacco. Remarkably enough it can tolerate nicotine, and, together with the tobacco beetle, it is one of the most serious pest in the tobacco industry.



Space treatment

Apply at a rate of 5 to 10 seconds for each 10m2. Close all doors and windows. Direct into all parts of room, especiallyaround stored product containers, pallets, and darkened areas. Keep area closed for 15 minutes following treatment. Open and ventilate thoroughly before reoccupying. Repeat treatment weekly if necessary. Infested stored products should be fumigated or treated by other effective methods using an approved product intended for this purpose

General precautions and restrictions

  • Remove pets, birds, and cover fish aquariums before spraying.
  • Do not apply when people, pets or food are present.
  • Do not spray on public, painted or varnished surfaces or directly into any electronic equipment such as radios, televisions, computers etc.
  • Do not allow adults, children, or pets to enter until sprays have dried and spray mist has dispersed.
  • In hospitals and nursing rooms : ventilate rooms thoroughly for 2 hours after spraying and before reoccupying.
  • Food areas and food handling establishments : do not make space spray applications when facility is in operation. During space spray applications, cover or remove food, cover food processing surfaces or clean after treatment with a suitable detergent and rise with potable water before resuming operations.