Indian Meal Moth
Indian meal moth adult; note copper-colored wing tips (Mark Dreiling, Bugwood.org)
Indian meal moth larvae and adult (Clemson University, Bugwood.org)
- very tiny moth: 5/8 - 3/4 inch long
- weak, meandering fliers
- wings with copper-colored tips (use hand lens to see wing tips if necessary)
- typically fly at night
- lay eggs on stored food products
- pupate off food in food storage area, containers, etc.
- wide variety of stored food products
- grains/grain products, cereals, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, powdered milk, biscuits, chocolate, candy, spices, dry pet food, bird seed, etc.
- very common in homes and food storage areas
- larvae feeding destroys stored food items
- contamination by larvae droppings and silken webs
- moths are an annoyance to building occupants
- Inspect all incoming food items for pests.
- Clean up all spilled food products and food storage shelves and storage areas in general.
- Store all susceptible food items in pest-proof containers.
- Keep food in regular rotation.
- Keep moisture low in food storage areas by improving ventilation.
- Dispose of infested food items.
- Indian meal moth traps can monitor and help control moths.
IPM for Fabric and Pantry Pests: Integrated Pest Management in Sensitive Environments (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension)