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INDIAN MEAL MOTHS
Indian Meal Moths

  • Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings

  • Legs: 6

  • Shape: Elongated, oval

  • Size: 5/8 inch

  • Antennae: Yes

  • Region: Found throughout U.S.

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 5/8 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch long.

HABITS

These moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.

HABITAT

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

THREATS

Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

PREVENTION TIPS

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.

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