- Colour Reddish-brown
- Size Up to to 3.5 mm long
- Description Cigarette beetles have serrated antennae and tiny oval-shaped bodies, appearing hunched over.
- Notes The larvae are whitish-yellow, covered in long hairs, and have three sets of strong legs.
Why do I have cigarette beetles?
Cigarette beetles stop feeding and reproducing at temperatures below 18° C, so survive Canadian winters by moving into warm buildings, often near areas where food is stored.
The enter your home through gaps and cracks, seeking a wide range of food, including stored tobacco, spices, nuts, vegetables, avocado, bananas, paper, silk, leather, and glue binding in books.
As well, females cigarette beetles usually look to lay their eggs in bags of stored food or on top of dried tobacco, since they make perfect food for the larvae when they emerge.
How worried should I be about cigarette beetles?
Cigarette beetles and larvae chew holes through tobacco and contaminate it with their waste, as well as biting and damaging other items like cardboard, packaging, baskets, ropes, and cloth.
These pests can also leave droppings and cocoons in rice, cereal, and spices, and will even attack medicines. Tiny larvae will crawl across books and clothes.
Female cigarette beetles can lay up to 100 eggs at a time, so a cigarette beetle infestation can quickly become serious, requiring the help of a professional pest control service.
How can I prevent cigarette beetles invading?
Declutter and vacuum living spaces, Clean up food crumbs immediately, Keep all food containers sealed, Do not keep tobacco products in the open, Do not drop tobacco on furniture or carpet, Check heat sources for cigarette beetles, Use ambient cool air to deter them
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