(443) 379-8857
The LEAD
Guarantee
Keep Pests Away Year Round
With Our Quarterly Service Agreement

Indian Meal Moth

Class: insect
Other names:
flour moth, grain moth, pantry moth, weevil moth, North American high-flyer. 
Color:
copper to brown, with light & dark bands on the wings. 
Size:
⅝ – ¾ inches long
Legs:
6
Diet:
pet foods, grains, cereals, seeds & nuts, dried fruits.
Hazard:
contaminates stored food with eggs and larvae
Interesting Fact:
Indian meal moths may even go after dried flower arrangements and dried plants in a home.

Moths in Your Food Pantry? Call Brody Brothers to Clean Them Out.

If you see moths fluttering around your pantry, cupboards, shelves or other food storage areas, you could be under siege by Indian Meal Moths – the most common stored-food pest in homes, food processing and manufacturing plants, as well as grocery stores. Getting rid of these pantry pests can be a disheartening experience; it usually requires you to dispose of most, if not all, of the stored foods in the affected area.

Unfortunately, they are hearty eaters. In their larval stage, Indian meal moths may be found feasting on a wide variety of foods, including:

  • Stored bird seed is (a favorite)
  • Pet foods (also a favorite)
  • Nuts (another favorite)
  • Dried fruits and seeds
  • Grains, including cereals
  • Powdered milk
  • Popcorn
  • Spices

If you find a silky web stuck to any of these food surfaces or see maggot-looking larvae, it’s a good bet that you have an Indian Meal Moth problem. Another sure sign of an infestation is presence of small cocoons in places where walls meet the ceiling or other corners.

Easy to spot, difficult to eliminate

It’s fairly easy to identify Indian Meal Moths. They’re about ⅝ – ¾ inches long, and their forewings are distinctive, with the outer two-thirds a reddish brown or coppery color.

It’s tough to keep them out of your food supplies, since Indian Meal Moths can chew through plastic bags, cardboard and aluminum foil. They’ll even slip inside a container when the lid isn’t screwed on tight. Even if you’ve never had a problem before, they can hitchhike into your home on a pet food bag or other food source that’s been contaminated with eggs or larvae.

When you have a problem with these pests, your best defense is to call a pest control expert. Our pest management professionals will help you:

  • Identify and dispose of all food that has been contaminated
  • Clean and treat the infested site and surrounding areas
  • Locate and eliminate moths in larval and pupal stages
  • Install insect pheromone traps to capture and disrupt the breeding cycle of the remaining moths.

From our experience, Indian Meal Moths tend to contaminate food that hasn’t been used in a long time. To discourage moths from sharing your meals, clean out your pantry at least once a year by using up or throwing away old items. Additionally, remove old grass and bird seed from the garage or avoid storing it altogether. Keep an eye on pet food containers and clean them out regularly.

What Our Clients Are Saying
Over 300 verified Contact Us Online Reviews

“I have been with Brody Brothers for 5.5 years. Ari has been coming to my home for all this time. He does a great job. I hardly ever have an issue. He keeps us pest free which isn't easy living in the woods.”

Jessica Lubek
Owings Mills, MD

“Over 10 year. Service is always top notch. They are always on time and take care of any problems.”

Larry Goldberg
Reisterstown, MD

“We have been using Brody Pest control for about 40 years! We were always very satisfied by their service,alrays on time and very pleasant and knowledgeable.”

Morris & Greta Lasson
Baltimore, MD

“We have been using Brody Brothers for around 5 years and we love that they are personal and they will keep coming back until a problem is resolved.”

Michal Kovacs
Pikesville, MD