Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of
Shape: Elongated oval
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 Moths can be found
in all 50 States.
These moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate,
candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and
candy. The female lays 100-00 eggs, primarily at night.
Attracted to the light, these insects are found worldwide in areas
where food is stored, such as grocery stores.
Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.
Dried food products should be inspected thoroughly for signs of
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.
(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)