Keep Dried Food Safe from Indian Meal Moth

Description

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.

Colour: Copper reddish colouring on the outer part of wings

Legs: Six

Shape: Elongated oval

Size: 5/8 inch

Antennae: Yes

Flying: Yes

Habits

These Indian meal moth 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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