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Indian Meal Moth Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.


Indian meal moths are very tiny measuring 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch in length. They are weak, meandering fliers that typically only fly at night. Their wings have copper colored tips.

Indian meal moths are very common in homes and food storage areas. Larval feeding destroys stored food items; larval droppings and silken webs cause contamination. Moths are an annoyance to building occupants.

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Where do they lay their eggs
Where do they lay their eggs

Indian meal moths lay eggs on stored food products and pupate off food in food storage areas and containers.


Plodia interpunctella


Grains/grain products, cereals, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, powdered milk, biscuits, chocolate, candy, spices, dry pet food, bird seed, etc.


Yes, they are attracted to light.

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How To Get Rid Of Indian Meal Moths
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  • Inspect all incoming food items for pests.

  • Store all susceptible food items in pest-proof containers and rotate on a regular basis.

  • Clean up all spilled food products and food storage shelves and storage areas; dispose of infested food items.

How To Prevent Indian Meal Moths
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  • Keep moisture low in food storage areas by imposing ventilation.

  • Indian meal moth traps can monitor and help control moths.

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