The Drugstore beetle, also known as the Bread beetle or the Biscuit beetle, is very small, about 1/10”-1/7” in length. They are brown in color, and they are very common, especially in warm climates, or in buildings that have a warm temperature. The adult beetles can fly, and may be seen outside of a food source.
As you may guess from their name, the Drugstore beetle is attracted to pharmacological (medicine) products, or dried food products, plant products or dried herbs. They are not harmful to humans, and no known diseases have been spread by their presence, but they can be a real nuisance, especially if they infect a particular area. They are most active during the early evening hours, as well as all through the night.
The hatched larvae will eat on the items that are in close proximity to them. Interestingly, the adult Drugstore beetle and most pests can survive for several weeks without any food source.
As with any infestation, a thorough cleaning of the affected area is a procedure that must be followed by the property owner. Discard any items that have been infected by Drugstore beetles, as well as vacuuming/sanitizing the area all around the infestation.
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