Indian Meal Moth


INDIAN MEAL MOTHS Plodia interpuctella

Indian Meal Moths can be found in: All 50 States

Color: Copper reddish coloring
on outer part of wings
Legs: Six
Shape: Elongated oval
Size: 5/8″
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

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.

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

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

Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

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.