Drugstore Beetles

Identification:

Adults are 1/10 to 1/7 inch long and tubular.  Generally brown in color, adults have rows of hairs running the length of the wing covers. Antennae end in a three-segmented club. Larvae are small, white and scarab- shaped during later instar stages.

Life Cycles:

The Adult female lives 13 to 65 days based on the nutrients. Females can lay up to 100 eggs, larvation 4 to 20 weeks. Pupation 12 to 18 days, depending on the heat and nutrition.

Habitat:

Highly adaptable and variant upon food sources, almost any human habitat can serve as a host to populations. Drug Store Beetles can be found in bird nests, inside books and wooden items as well.

Food:

With a pattern of feeding on prescription drugs, consumes flour, baked goods, candies, spices, animal fibers, hair, and leathers. Larvae’s can be the most destructive.

Control:

Keep cabinets and the surrounding area clean and free from food spillage. Vacuum all dust and debris from cabinets and floor of the kitchen.  Do not clean cabinet with water because this may leave a pasty residue attractive to the pest. Apply a labeled insecticide to the cracks & crevices of the pantry. Allow the product to dry before placing food back in pantry. Other common method would be to install a pheromone trap/lure to area. Make sure that the trap in labeled for the insect, and read the label as to many traps can cause influx on different insects to the area.