Indian mealmoths (Plodia interpunctella) are members of the large moth family Pyralidae (snout moths!). This family contains many annoying pest species, including wax moths (pests of honeybee hives), and other pantry problems: almond, rice, and flour moths.
I wanted to write a post about these common house pests because they are a major annoyance in my household; one of my roommates despises them with a passion and the other couldn’t care less. I hunt them and kill them with a vengeance, but I harbor no hatred for them…it’s more about keeping their population density under control.
Our attempts to control these moths have been almost entirely unsuccessful, although they perhaps keep the population relatively small. We’ve tried cleaning out the pantry completely, removing infested grains, pheromone traps, and of course my hunting. I think these pests are a potentially intractable problem in cohousing situations where one doesn’t control all of the potential food sources available to them.
The wikipedia page has a lot of nice photos and information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_mealmoth