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Indian Meal Moths

What do Indian meal moths look like?

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Adult Indian meal moths may grow as large as 5/8th of an inch from wingtip to wingtip.   adults can grow to be ½ an inch to 5/8th of an inch in length from wingtip to wingtip.  The front half of the wing is a yellowish-gray color; the rear half is bronze, dark gray, or copper with a dark band that runs between the front and rear half of the wing.  They have antennae and an oval body shape.

Indian meal moth behaviors

Indian meal moths can be found anywhere that food is being stored.  This includes grocery stores, food processing facilities, and, unfortunately, your home.  Indian meal moths most often enter homes in products purchased from the store which are already infested with Indian meal moth larvae.  Adults may also enter homes through small openings found around windows and doors.

Female Indian meal moths lay their eggs in a food source (dry goods); and when the eggs hatch, the larvae infest and feed on that food source.  Inside homes, these moths can be found infesting food sources that include: dried fruits, grains, flour, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dry pet food, and powdered milk.

Are Indian meal moths dangerous?

Indian meal moths are not considered to be a dangerous pest; they do not bite or sting.  Indian meal moths are thought more of as a nuisance pest, but they will contaminate food found in your home with their eggs and larvae and should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible.

Can Suburban help with an Indian meal moth problem?

Yes, Suburban can help to control and eliminate Indian meal moths. For more information about our treatment options, please contact us.

Indian meal moth prevention tips

  • Inspect food packaging for holes or rips before purchasing them from grocery stores and bringing them into your home.
  • Remove dry goods from their original packaging and place in sealed glass or plastic containers.
  • Regularly clean out your pantry area and throw out older or expired items.
  • Make sure that all screens in windows are intact, and that any gaps found around exterior windows or doors are caulked or sealed.
 

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