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 very tiny measuring 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch in length. They are weak, meandering fliers that typically only fly at night. Their wings have copper colored tips.

Where do they come from?

Indian meal moths are very common in homes and food storage areas. Larval feeding destroys stored food items; larval droppings and silken webs cause contamination. Moths are an annoyance to building occupants.

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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.

Name:

Plodia interpunctella

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Diet:

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

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