The Indian meal moth (or Indianmeal moth) is a very common household pest that is most damaging at its larvae 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 larvae look like wingless white, pink or green caterpillars.
Indianmeal 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 Indian 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 excrement skin webbing, and shed skin.
Any infested food items should be immediately discarded.
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