Indian Meal Moths

Indian Meal Moths
Commonly found in
  • HOME
  • FOOD SERVICE (Restaurants & Bars)
  • HOSPITALITY (Hotels & Resorts)
  • RETAIL (Supermarkets, Convenience stores)
  • AGRICULTURE (Raw Materials, Fruits and Vegetables, Livestock )

Very common household pest, feeding principally on stored food products. In fact, it is one of the most important pest of stored products commonly found in household pantries or grocery stores. The larvae are general feeders and can be found in grain products, seeds, dried fruits, dog food, and spices. The Indianmeal moth received its common name from the United States where it was found to be a pest of meal made of “Indian corn” or maize. Most of the “damage” to stored products occurs when the larvae spin massive amounts of silk that accumulate fecal pellets, cast skins, and egg shells in food products. The damage to stored products due to this contamination exceeds the amount of food eaten by the insects. Homeowners and managers of food processing plants, warehouses, groceries and granaries should be alert for signs of infestation.



Space treatment

Apply at a rate of 5 to 10 seconds for each 10m2. Close all doors and windows. Direct into all parts of room, especiallyaround stored product containers, pallets, and darkened areas. Keep area closed for 15 minutes following treatment. Open and ventilate thoroughly before reoccupying. Repeat treatment weekly if necessary. Infested stored products should be fumigated or treated by other effective methods using an approved product intended for this purpose

General precautions and restrictions

  • Remove pets, birds, and cover fish aquariums before spraying.
  • Do not apply when people, pets or food are present.
  • Do not spray on public, painted or varnished surfaces or directly into any electronic equipment such as radios, televisions, computers etc.
  • Do not allow adults, children, or pets to enter until sprays have dried and spray mist has dispersed.
  • In hospitals and nursing rooms : ventilate rooms thoroughly for 2 hours after spraying and before reoccupying.
  • Food areas and food handling establishments : do not make space spray applications when facility is in operation. During space spray applications, cover or remove food, cover food processing surfaces or clean after treatment with a suitable detergent and rise with potable water before resuming operations.