Indian Meal Moths

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Winter



0.28 - 0.63 inch

Inch Long


Oval, Long

What do Indian Meal Moths look like?

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.

What are the signs of Indian Meal Moths?

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.

What Damage do Indian Meal Moths cause?

Indian meal moths will contaminate food found in your home with their eggs and larvae and should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible.

How do you prevent Indian Meal Moths?

Do the following to prevent Indian meal moths in your house:

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 them 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.

How do I get rid of Indian Meal Moths?

To get rid of Indian meal moths, it’s best to find what food they have been snacking on in your house and clean it up. Inspect and discard food surrounding contaminated food. Put all food in plastic or glass containers to prevent Indian meal moths and other pests from contaminating them.

Can Indian Meal Moths hurt me?

Indian meal moths are not considered to be a dangerous pest; they do not bite or sting.

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