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Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Quick Reference Facts

Common Name: Indian Meal Moth
Common Traits: Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings, Legs: 6, Shape: Elongated Oval, Size: 5/8"
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Prevention Methods

  • Inspect dried food products
  • Discard infected foods in outdoor trash bins
  • Clean infested cupboards thoroughly with a vacuum, soap and water


Indian meal moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.


Attracted to the light, these bugs are found worldwide in areas where food is stored, such as grocery stores.


Indian meal moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

Information provided by the National Pest Management Association