Food moths, also known as pantry moths, weevil moths, Indian mealmoths, and scientifically, Plodia interpunctella, are the most common species of moths that can reproduce inside of homes, developing as a pest of various foods, commonly found in pantries.
Plodia interpunctella, also known as the pantry moth, they are a common grain-feeding pest found around the world, feeding on cereals and similar products. They can infest a wide range of dry foodstuffs of vegetable origin, such as cereal, bread, pasta, rice, couscous, flour, spices, or dried fruits and nuts.
The food moth (Plodia interpunctella), alternatively spelled Indianmeal moth, is a pyraloid moth of the family Pyralidae. P. interpunctella larvae (caterpillars) are commonly known as waxworms. It is important to note that they are not the same species as the waxworms often bred as animal feed.
The Indian mealmoth, also known as the food moth, is part of the Plodia order and Plodia interpunctella specie. It can infest a wide range of dry foods, the most common being dry pet food, birdseed, cereal, bread, pasta, rice, flour, spices, dried fruits and nuts. Once larvae or moths have been discovered, it is important to throw out all food sources, as they are contaminated, as this will also interrupt their mating and reproduction process, and then repel them from where the dry food is being kept. In order to prevent an infestation, you need to keep the food they are attracted to in tightly sealed containers.