Pest Guides

Indian Meal Moth

Plodia interpunctella


Indian Meal Moth | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia
  • Adult – 7–9mm in length, wingspan 15–20mm. First third of forewings are a pale buff colour. Remainder of the wings are reddish–brown.
  • Larva – yellowish-white, reddish or greenish (depending on diet) with a brown head.


  • 35 days at 25°C. Much longer at lower temperatures or when feeding on low nutrition foods.


  • Feeds on nuts, dried fruit and grain (maize).