Indian Meal Moths

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Indian Meal Moth Identification

Size: Indian meal moth adults have a 5/8″ to 3/4″ wingspan.

Colour: The wings are a copper-brownish hue with a grey band close to where the wings attach to the body. The larvae are about 1/2″ long and dirty white in colour. The head is a reddish-brown colour that is the key to house moth identification with this strain.

Order/Family: Lepidoptera/Pyralidae.

Scientific Name: Plodia Interpunctella.

Did You Know?

Indian meal moths have been found on every single continent in the world, except Antarctica.

Indian Meal Moth Biology

Adult females lay 100 to 400 eggs over a period of about 18 days. Indian meal moth larvae develop anywhere between 13 to 288 days. The average life cycle, egg to egg, requires 25 to 135 days. There are usually six generations of Indian meal moth larvae per year.

Adult Indian meal moths don’t actually eat. Once they are fully grown adults, they emerge from their cocoons and only live long enough to mate and lay eggs. All the damage done by Indian meal moths is done while they’re in their larval form. If you happen to see an Indian meal moth in your pantry, it’s probably just emerged from its cocoon and is looking for a good place to lay their eggs.

Indian Meal Moth Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

This moth species infests commonly stored food products such as whole grains, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, beans, crackers, biscuits, dried dog food, birdseed, and red peppers. The larvae produce silk webbing over the surface of the materials upon which they are feeding.

The larvae move into cracks and crevices in the food material, feeding within or near this silken mat. The mature larvae often move away from the infested materials to pupate in cracks and crevices. It’s this behavioural pattern that often allows them to be discovered by homeowners.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Indian Meal Moths?

Are you questioning how to get rid of Indian meal moths? All infested items should be discarded, and all uninfected products should be placed in insect-proof containers. Shelves and cupboards should be thoroughly vacuumed and treated with a residual pesticide. Pheromone traps can be deployed to help locate areas of activity. Terminix Canada can also help you with how to get rid of Indian meal moths.

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Other Common Moths In Canada

Clothes Moth Identification

Size: Adult clothes moths are approximately 3/8 to 1/2-inch-long from wingtip to wingtip. The larvae are small caterpillars, 3/8-inch-long in size, living within a portable, silken case.

Colour: The wings and body are golden with a brown tinge and the front wings have three dark spots. However, these distinguishing characteristics are often rubbed off, making them not ideal for house moth identification. The larvae have dark head capsules and the first thoracic segment is dark brown or black.

Order/Family: Lepidoptera/Tineidae.

Scientific Name: Tinea Pellionella.

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