Indian Meal Moth

Pest Facts: Indian Meal Moths

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.


Pest Facts
  • Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings
  • Legs: Six
  • Shape: Elongated oval
  • Size: 5/8 inches
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Flying: Yes
  • Region: All 50

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


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.

*Resource credit: Courtesy of the National Pest Management Association*