Indian Meal Moths

Plodia interpuctella
Indian Meal Moths – Moth Pest Control
Pest Stats
Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings
Legs: 6
Shape: Elongated oval
Size: 5/8"
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

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.