Indian Meal Moths


formal_name
Plodia interpuctella
description
The indianmeal 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.
color
Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings
legs
6
shape
Elongated Oval
size
5/8"
antenanae
True
region
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
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.
catagories
pest_category_id
6
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