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paperclip indian meal moth in a grocery store

Quick Identification

>Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings

>Legs: 6

>Shape: Elongated oval

>Size: 5/8"

>Antennae: Yes

>Flight: Yes

Indian Meal Moths

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Plodia interpuctella

Overview Of Indian Meal Moths In Pennsylvania

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 5/8 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch long.

Indian Meal Moth Habits 

These moths feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy. They can infest food product in manufacturing sites, warehouses, grocery stores and homes where infested product is stored.

Threats Posed By Indian Meal Moths

Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products. Their larvae can cause great damage to packaged and/or stored product.

Indian Meal Moth Prevention In PA

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 as much as feasible (also good practice for rodent prevention). Witt technicians are highly-skilled and trained to seek out the source of moth infestations, assist customers with proper disposal and treat to eliminate any lingering activity and apply preventive treatments for future protection.

Pittsburgh Indian Meal Moth Control 

Highly skilled pest management professionals should be enlisted to inspect your Indian meal moth problems in order to generate a situation specific solution. Our Pittsburgh pest control professionals resolve moth infestations utilizing a variety of treatment options that may include: baiting, exclusion and other possible treatments.

Visit our TopCare® page to learn more about our residential pest control services. 

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