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Indian Meal Moth

What are Indian meal moths?

Indian meal moths are the most common of the stored product pests, or pantry pests. They infest many common kitchen materials, especially grains. 

Some of their favorite meals include:

  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Nuts
  • Bird Seed
  • Dog Food
  • Raisins
  • And More

Indian meal moths breed extremely quickly, with a female laying up to 400 eggs in a matter of a month.

What do they look like?

Adult moths are 1/4 to 3/8 inches in length and are generally bi-colored, with half of the wings being a very light brown to cream color and the other half being dark, almost bronze colored. The larvae are about 1/2 inch long and are white with a brown head; however, they can be tinted pink or green, depending on what they have just eaten.

Do Indian meal moths bite?

No, Indian meal moths will not bite a human.

Are Indian meal moths dangerous?

The only danger that comes from Indian meal moths is in eating food that they have contaminated.

What are the signs of an Indian meal moth infestation?

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Indian meal moth prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

Carefully inspect any products at the grocery store before you buy them. Do not buy anything that is not sealed or has been torn open. Also, store all products in tightly sealed plastic containers to prevent moths from getting into your products once they have been opened. For more tips and information on pantry pest control, contact Big Blue Bug Solutions online.

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