Keep Dried Food Safe from Indian Meal Moths

Indian Meal Moth

Description


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 five-eighths of an inch to three-fourths of an inch long.


Colour: Copper reddish colouring on outer part of wings

Legs: Six

Shape: Elongated oval

Size: 5/8 inch

Antennae: Yes

Flying: Yes


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 moths are found worldwide in areas where food is stored, such as the grocery.


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 your food in sealed containers.

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