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INDIAN MEAL MOTH INFORMATION & FACTS

The Indian meal moth is a very common household pest that is most damaging at it's larve stage. These moths are common in granaries, stores and warehouses, and often find their way into homes and businesses through processed foods they've infested.

They can breed year round, and their life cycle (from egg to adult) can be as short as 25 days.

The distinctive 1/2-inch long adult is easily recognized by the pale gray and coppery brown front wings. Their larve look like wingless white, pink or green caterpillars.

Indian meal moths lay their eggs most often in coarse flours and corn meal. They will infest and feed on dried fruits, powdered milk, chocolate, flour, meal, dried dog food, bird seed and even adhesive paste for wood. Upon hatching, the Indial meal moth larvae attack and burrow into the dry seeds, starches, grains and snacks that they've infest, making them inedible. They further contaminate the stored products through excreetment-filled skil webbing, and shed skin.

Any infested food items should be immediately discarded.

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