Pest Library | Indian Meal Moths

Plodia interpunctella

Indian meal moth - Plodia interpunctella
Color: Copper reddish coloring on the outer part of wings
Legs: 6
Shape: Elongated oval
Size: 5/8″ to 3/4″
Antennae: Yes
Region: Throughout the U.S.
The Indian meal moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on cornmeal, 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.


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


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


Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.


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.

* Information courtesy of National Pest Management Association, Inc.

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