Indian Meal Moth

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Plodia interpunctella

How to Identify an 

Indian Meal Moth

Indian meal moths are small (1/2 inch long), brown, and have a wingspan of 1 inch. They are most easily identified by their small size and their brown color.

Where do they come from?

Indian meal moths are common in the United States and Canada. They are most often found near food or other sources of food. Indian meal moths can also be brought into your home on food or garbage.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of Indian meal moths is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Indian meal moth larvae and adults
Mating Indian meal moths
Indian meal moths with a pheromone trap

Where do they live?

Indian meal moths lay eggs on stored food products and pupate off food in food storage areas and containers.


Plodia interpunctella



Grains/grain products, cereals, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, powdered milk, biscuits, chocolate, candy, spices, dry pet food, bird seed, etc.

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