Infestations sometimes originate from birdseed or pet food stashed away by mice in an attic or behind wall. The female flour beetle can lay between 300 and 400 eggs during her lifetime [a period of 5 to 8 months]. Revised:  5/20/2011 Copyright © 2020 Clemson UniversityClemson Cooperative Extension | 103 Barre Hall Clemson, SC 29634864-986-4310 | Contact, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Integrated Pest Management (I.P.M.) These beetles will therefore commonly be found indoors and does large amounts of damage to stored food products. Check all potential products for activity. Pestnet® builds your brand online and gets you followers. Holes and damage found in packaging are caused by the adults as they leave the product. Dry dog food is one item frequently infested by the drugstore beetle. Drugstore Beetle Scientific Name: Stegobium paniceum. As with all beetles, it has an egg, larval, pupal, then adult stages. Use older packages before new ones and opened packages before unopened ones. Feedback, questions or accessibility issues: © 2020 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All recommendations for pesticide use are for South Carolina only and were legal at the time of publication, but the status of registration and use patterns are subject to change by action of state and federal regulatory agencies. Feeding of the larvae has been known to do the most damage, but all Drugstore beetles will feed on stored food products. Don’t forget to inspect your bookcases; the drugstore beetle has even been known to nibble on books. In households they attack a wide variety of foods including flour, meal, breakfast food, pepper, spices, seeds, pet food, cereals, raisins, pasta, chocolate, ginger, bread, and rubbed parsley for seasoning. The Drugstore beetle has a wide range, but is most likely to be found in warm climates.  The Drugstore beetle is most likely to be found indoors where temperatures are warm and food sources are plentiful. Item number:  XHT1103. Inspect packages of birdseed, grass seeds, and dry pet food. Only purchase food in amounts you can use in a short period of time (between 2 to 4 months), especially during the warm summer months. Small C-shaped grubs can be found feeding inside infested products. Life cycle: Female drugstore beetles lay eggs singly in foodstuffs. Adults can fly and are attracted to light. Larvae and pupae stages last about 23 weeks and the adult female will live 65 days. Adults can often be found a good distance from the source, which makes locating the source of the infestation difficult. Drug store beetles are unusual for grain pests because the adults can fly and often collect near lights and windows. Infested products often have small round “shot holes” in packaging and large amounts of dusty frass (insect waste) inside. We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities. Larvae and pupae stages last about 23 weeks and the adult female will live 65 days. Cabrera, University of Florida. Phil Pellitteri, UW Insect Diagnostic Lab Uninfested dry goods should be stored in sturdy glass or plastic containers with tight fitting lids to prevent spread of the infestation. The larval (immature)  period is up to 57 days. Drugstore beetle larvae are C-shaped (grub-like), about 3/16 inch long, and creamy white in color. Connect with your County Extension Office », Find an Extension employee in our staff directory », Get the latest news and updates on Extension's work around the state, Feedback, questions or accessibility issues: | © 2020 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Policy | Discrimination and Harassment Complaints | Disability Accommodation Requests | Civil Rights. This information is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement of brand names or registered trademarks by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is implied, nor is any discrimination intended by the exclusion of products or manufacturers not named.


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