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Indian Meal Moths

Adult Indian meal moths range in length from 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch. They are winged insects that are capable of flying. The rear half of their wing is either a bronze, copper, or dark gray color and the front half of the wing is a yellowish-gray color with a dark band between the two. Indian meal moths are also referred to as pantry pests, stored product pests and/or food infesting pests. Indian meal moths are found in stored food products, items such as cereal, grains, dried fruit, dry pet food, pasta and flour are where the females lay their eggs. The eggs will then hatch and the cream color larvae will feed on the food source.

Are Indian meal moths dangerous?

Indian meal moths do not bite or sting, but they do contaminate food products.  Adults will contaminate stored food with their eggs and then once hatched the larvae will eat the stored food and also breed in those areas.

Why do I have a problem with Indian meal moths?

Indian meal moths typically become a problem when homeowners purchase a product that is already infested with the eggs or larvae.  A good rule of thumb: avoid products that have crushed or otherwise damaged containers or packaging when shopping. 

How do I get rid of Indian meal moths?

If you notice any adult moths flying around your home, or notice any signs of larvae in your stored products you should immediately get rid of those products and check others for signs of infestation.  This should be followed up by professional treatment for Indian meal moths; at All-American Pest Control we can help to exterminate Indian meal moths with our home pest control.

Can I do it myself?

You can help to prevent infestations by inspecting your goods before storing them and regularly rotating the dry goods stored in your home.  If you find that you are having continuous problems with Indian meal moths in your home, contact All-American Pest Control today.

Why choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your Indian meal moth problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive services, a serious commitment, and thorough treatments from our trained experts.

How do I prevent an Indian meal moth infestation in the future?

Preventing Indian meal moths from entering your home begins at the store where you buy items like cereal, pasta, flour, pet food, and other dry goods. Inspect items carefully and avoid purchasing products that have been damaged. Once home, transfer items into sealed containers. Regularly rotate and inspect dry good for signs of Indian meal moths or other pantry pests.

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