Identify Your Pest

Indian Mealmoth

Quick Facts


5/8" long

Preferred Habitat

The indian meal moth is also referred to as the pantry month because you can them feeding on food items, most commonly in kitchen cupboards and pantries.

Known Health Issues

Indian meal moths are not a threat to humans health. They do not bite or carry diseases. They are a nuisance pest and can be time consuming to remove.
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A moth of the Pyralidae family of pyraloid moths, Indian mealmoths are around 8-10 millimeters long and have wingspans between 16 and 20 millimeters. Their upper wing segments are a reddish brown and lustrous, but may also be darker gray or even bronze. The middle wing segments are much lighter and are typically white or yellow-gray. Their smaller hindwings are gray. Female adult Indian mealmoths can lay up to 400 eggs in one period. Eggs are microscopic and will hatch within 14 days. As the larvae grow they begin feeding on fine food materials. They tend to feast on items in the home such as cereal, bread, pasta, spices, and other dry goods.


Is the Indian Mealmoth dangerous?

While the Indian mealmoth doesn’t bite, they’re definitely a pest. By laying eggs in food, they wreak havok on homes quickly and should be dealt with immediately.