Indian Meal Moth
Stored Product Pest
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INDIAN MEAL MOTH
By far the most recognizable in our food supplies, the adult moth can have a wingspread almost five eighths of an inch wide are copper-brown and grey, are folded backwards in a resting position, showing copper and grey bands of color.
Adults do not feed on stored products, but the larvae will feed on any coarse flour, processed foods, whole seeds dog food and even red peppers and spices. Adult moths lay their eggs directly on the material, usually at night, and over a two or three week period, will lay more than 400 eggs.
Indian meal moth larvae feed not only on coarse ground flour products, but also seeds and whole grain products, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, beans and most products manufactured from these ingredients. Indian meal moths are serious pests in both homes and other areas where food is prepared, stored or produced.
The larvae produce silken-type webbing throughout the material they're feeding on. Mature larvae move away from infested materials to pupate in neighboring cracks and crevices. They can easily have six generations per year. Homeowners often discover these infestations when great numbers of larvae are seen moving away from infested materials, sometimes dispersing over the entire room.
Because of their habit of moving some distance from infested products, an intensive cleaning routine is necessary to find and eliminate Indian meal moths, especially in a commercial setting. Fumigations can then be necessary.
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