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Moths

MothsPlodia interpuctella
Info courtesy National Pest Management Association
Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings
Legs: 6
Shape: Elongated oval
Size: 5/8″
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

The indian meal moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indian meal. From wing tip to wing tip, adult moths measure from five-eighths of an inch to three-fourths of an inch long.

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

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

Threats
Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

Indian Meal Moths can be found in All 50 States.

Prevention:
Dried food products should be inspected thoroughly for signs of moth infestations. Discard infested foods in outdoor trash bins. Clean infested cupboards thoroughly with a vacuum and soap and water. Store food in sealed containers.

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