Indian Meal Moths

 

Pest ID Guide: Indian Meal Moths

(Plodia interpuctella)

The indianmeal moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indian meal. From wing tip to wing tip, adult moths measure from five-eighths of an inch to three-fourths of an inch long.

Size Color Legs Shape Antenanae
5/8″ Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings 6 Elongated Oval True

Habitat

Attracted to the light, these bugs are found worldwide in areas where food is stored, such as grocery stores.

Habits:

These moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.

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Control / Prevention

Dried food products should be inspected thoroughly for signs of moth infestations. Discard infested foods in outdoor trash bins. Clean infested cupboards thoroughly with a vacuum and soap and water. Store food in sealed containers.

Threats:

Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

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