Indian meal moths are smaller in size reaching about 3/8 inches long. They have wings that can span up to 5/8 inches long. These types of moths are gray and brown with a distinct wing pattern. Indian meal moths eat a variety of food but prefer to eat dry foods such as rice, flour, and cereal. Be sure to check foods that have been sealed loosely and have been sitting in the cupboard for a few months. This is where you will find indian meal moths. The best way to prevent these pests from invading your food and your home is to make sure to vacuum hard to reach areas and to wipe down your cupboards especially if there are crumbs. If possible, store your food in tight sealed plastic containers to keep these moths out and to prevent new ones from coming in. The best way to get rid of an infestation would be to contact a pest professional.
The most common sign of an Indian Meal moth infestation will be an increased amount of these pests coming around. You may also notice these moths hanging around dry goods such as pet food, bread, or rice. They also hang around in dried plants and flowers. If you see adult Indian meal moths and larvae be sure to call a pest technician to eliminate the problem right away. These insects are the most common stored food pests in homes so you want to do what you can to keep them out.