Indian Meal Moths

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. The Indian meal moth is most active in the afternoon and evening, and is attracted to light.

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

The Indian meal moth is a pest commonly found in households and grocery stores. 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.

Indian Meal Moth Prevention

Dried food products should be inspected thoroughly for signs of Indian meal 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.

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