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Indian Meal Moth

  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact

The Indianmeal moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indianmeal. They typically live from two to six months

Size: 5/8"
Shape: Elongated, oval
Color: Copper reddish
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Indianmeal Moth
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidotera
Family: Pyralidae
Species: Plodiainterpuctella

Indianmeal moths 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 in bright places where food is stored like restaurants and grocery stores.
Store food in sealed containers.
Discard infested foods in outdoor trash bins.
Clean infested cupboards thoroughly with a vacuum and soap and water.
Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products by leaving skin and waste behind.
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