Indian Meal Moths

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INDIAN MEAL MOTHS

Plodia interpuctella

PEST STATS
Color Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings
Legs 6
Shape Elongated oval
Size 5/8 inch
Antennae Yes
Region Found throughout U.S.

 

About The Pest

OVERVIEW

The Indian meal 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.

HABITS

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

HABITAT

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

THREATS

Indian meal moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.