Indian Meal Moths Plodia interpuctella

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Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings

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Size: 5/8"

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Legs: 6

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Antennae: Yes

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Shape: Elongated oval

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Region: Found throughout U.S.

What is an Indian meal moth?

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.

Indian Meal Moth Behaviors

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.

Where You May Find Indian Meal Moths

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

How Indian Meal Moths Cause Harm

Indian meal moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

How to Prevent Indian Meal Moths

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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