Drugstore Beetles

Identification

  • Colour Brown or reddish-brown
  • Size Up to 3.5 mm long
  • Also known as Biscuit beetles
  • Description Cylindrical, with a pair of three-segmented club antennae and deep pits on the wing covers, which give the insect a grooved appearance.
  • Notes Their larvae are cream-coloured grubs, shaped like the letter C.

General Facts

Why do I have drugstore beetles?

Commercial sites like cereal and pet food manufacturing facilities provide ideal conditions for drugstore beetles looking for warmth and food. They are also commonly found in flour mills, bakeries, confectioners, distribution centres, food warehouses, retail stores, and homes. These pests are expert fliers, attracted to both light and a variety of food sources, like grains, seeds, flour, pet foods, spices, books and manuscripts, leather, wool, hair, and even drugs. Female drugstore beetles can lay more than 100 eggs at a time, usually depositing them in a suitable food source on which the larvae can feed when they hatch after 10 days.

How worried should I be about drugstore beetles?

An infestation of drugstore beetles at a food manufacturing or distribution facilities can be devastating for business owners, ruining their reputation, causing huge financial losses, and impacting their ability to even operate. The excrement these beetles leave behind can irritate the mouth, throat, and stomach if ingested. Foods infested by drugstore beetles are not fit for consumption and cannot be sold. Drugstore beetles can even bore through wood, as well as inorganic materials, like tin, aluminium foil, and lead sheets, making stored food products virtually unprotected. For museum owners, a drugstore beetle infestation can be equally serious, as drugstore beetles can chew through books, paper, animal horns and antlers. They can damage or destroy displayed and stored artifacts and, in extreme instances, priceless museum pieces. In the home, these beetles damage stored and post-harvest grains and seeds, as well as packaged food products. These contaminated foods are unsafe to eat and must be discarded. Whether drugstore beetles have attacked your business or home, home remedies can be dangerous. To effectively eradicate a drugstore beetle infestation and prevent harm to your business, your home, or your family, you need a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent drugstore beetles invading?

Do not store exposed foods on shelves or in pantries, Store foods in glass containers with tight-fitting lids, Clean and vacuum shelves, bins, and storage areas, Rotate food stock and do not mix old and new products, Keep food storage areas dry and clean

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