Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Plodia interpunctella
How to Identify an Indian Meal Moth

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. 

Why Are Indian Meal Moths Significant

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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Indian meal moth adults on flakes of grain

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. 

Name :

Plodia interpunctella

Diet :

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

Light :

Yes, they are attracted to light.

Tips & Tricks

Indian meal moth adults and larvae with some nuts and crumbs

How To Get Rid Of Indian Meal Moths

  • 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.
Indian meal moths with a pheromone trap

How To Prevent Indian Meal Moths

  • Keep moisture low in food storage areas by imposing ventilation.
  • Indian meal moth traps can monitor and help control moths. 

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How To Control

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Thorn's Approach

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Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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