These tiny bugs can get quite costly to combat in terms of food being thrown away, re-infestations, and the time spent cleaning out your pantry repeatedly, just to have to deal with the issue over and over again. It's also very frustrating and annoying when you find them in and around your groceries. Professional assistance may be exactly the help you need to get this problem solved expediently. We include pantry pests as a part of our regular pest control service.
These pests cause food contamination, and can infest cereals, flour, cake and pancake mixes, spices, chocolate, powdered milk, and dry animal food. They breed throughout the year in warm areas, and adult beetles can for three years. And they can mature to adulthood in 40 to 90 days. Flour beetles are secondary pests, which means that they feed on dust, fines and dockage.
Also known as the bread beetle, or biscuit beetle, this beetle got it's name for infesting stored herbs in apothecaries, or early drug stores. The larvae and adults chew tiny holes in packaged food, including cereal, baking ingredients, spices, dried fruits and nuts, pet food, tobacco, and herbs. Most often, they are brought into homes in infested groceries, and dry pet feed.
These small beetles infest a wide variety of food products, including cottonseed meal, rice, pepper, paprika, crude drugs, seeds, dried plants and even books, pet food, flour, cereal, spices, pasta, and other processed cereal products. Adult cigarette beetles live for 2 to 4 weeks. Adult females each lay as many as 100 eggs on food materials. Spices and dry pet feed tend to be a favorite of this beetle.
One of the most commonly encountered pests of dry goods, sawtoothed and merchant grain beetles infest such foods as cereals, breakfast foods, biscuit mixes, sugar, macaroni, flour, rice, dried meats, coffee beans, dry pet food, and dried fruits. Females can lay over 100 eggs at a time which means an infestation can become a serious problem very quickly.
These and their closely related cousin, the Khapra beetle are a destructive pest of stored grain and other dried plant and animal products. This beetle feeds on a wide variety of foods including cereals, candy, cocoa, cookies, corn, corn meal, fish meal, pets foods, flour, nets, dried peas and beans, potato chips, pastas, spices, dead animals and dead insects.
Lesser grain borers mainly attack wheat, corn, rice and millet. Both the larvae and adults are primary pests. They chew irregularly shaped holes into whole, undamaged kernels, and the larvae, immature stages, may develop inside the grain. They've also been called the American wheat weevil, Australian wheat weevil, and stored grain borer.
Dermestid beetles show up on carcasses when they start to dry out. They break down and decompose decaying flesh which helps keep ecosystems clean and healthy. They will also eat fresh carcasses in captivity but in the wild they are pushed out by more aggressive maggots who need more moist food. They are also known as a skin beetle, larder beetle, hide beetle, leather beetle, carpet beetle, and khapra beetle.
Rice Weevil Pictured above. These weevils are harmless to people, houses, furniture, clothing and pets. They often come into homes through contaminated food products. They can already be present in grains, rice, flour, cereals, and other dry pantry items that are susceptible to weevil infestation. Both the rice and the granary weevil are internal feeders, and the larva develops inside whole grain kernels. Primary pest, whose damage can invite secondary pests.
You may have these flittering about in your kitchen area. Commonly infested foods include: coarsely ground grain (e.g. cornmeal) and cereal products, dried herbs and fruits, nuts, powdered milk, flour, hot pepper flakes, spices, dry pet food, bird seed, and decorative items made with seeds. They can be brought into your home through infested food products or by rodents stashing foods. The adults can fly into your home from the outside.
Occasionally found as pantry pests in homes, but they can be serious pests in commercial grain storage. They feed on stored grain, especially whole corn. They bore into the kernel, pupate and emerge through a hole cut on the outer surface of the kernel. They are active at low temperatures and prefer barley, rye, corn, oats, rice and various seeds. While not as common as the Indian Meal Moths, they can cause damage to whole grain foods.
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