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There are about 13,000 species of moths in North America and about 165,000 species in the world.

Most moths are nocturnal but seem to be attracted to light (for example, a porch light or a fire). One reason is that because moths are noctutnal, they navigate, or find their way around by using the moon as a point of reference. Moths can become confused by any other light source and they basically get "lost". As a result, they typically stay where they are, making it look like they are attracted to the light. 

Indian Meal Moth
The Indianmeal moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indian meal. They typically live from two to six months. 

Size: 5/8"
Shape: Elongated, oval
Color: Copper reddish
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Indianmeal Moth
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidotera
Family: Pyralidae
Species: Plodia interpuctella

Indianmeal moths feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.

Attracted to the light, these bugs are found in bright places where food is stored like restaurants and grocery stores.

Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products by leaving skin and waste behind.


  • Store food in sealed containers.
  • Discard infested foods in outdoor trash bins.
  • Clean infested cupboards thoroughly with a vacuum and soap and water. 

If you suspect that you may be experiencing a problem with moths or any other problem insects or rodents you want to get rid of in your home, apartment, or commercial building in Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts, help is just a phone call away. Let the experienced professionals at Falcon Pest Services LLC diagnose and treat your pest control issue and put your mind at ease.

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