Indian Meal Moths are the most commonly encountered pest of stored foods world wide. These insect can infest many types of raw and processed foods such as flour, cake and pancake mixes as well as dry beans and crackers.
Facts About Indian Meal Moths:
- Indian Meal Moths are usually about inch long and vary in color from a dirty white to brown
- Most active at night or in dark areas such as kitchen pantries
- Uses complete metamorphosis to reproduce, with eggs, larvae, pupae and adults being found in an infested area
- There are about 4 generations of moths per year with a female laying about 100 to 400 eggs for each generation
- Indian Meal moths were named by an early American entomologist named Asa Fitch, who found them infesting corn meal which was also known at the time as Indian meal.