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Avoid using insecticides in pantries, kitchens, dining rooms or food stores. Insecticide contamination of food may have toxic effects and is a potential health hazard.

  • Always ensure hygiene is good and contaminated food is destroyed.
  • If potential harbourages still exist within the premises, treat these areas with a suitable residual insecticide dust or spray.
  • In areas away from food, suitable insecticides may be sprayed into cracks and crevices where the larvae or adult beetles may have secreted themselves.
  • use insect traps or natural control wherever possible.
  • Description

    Several beetles are common pests and often occur in our cupboards and pantries so beetle control starts with ourselves. There are several species of beetle and weevil that can cause damage they include all the

    larder beetleflour beetles ( about half a dozen in Britain) and all the grain beetles, a further three or four species.
  • all beetles are much the same in appearance, but with many size differences
  • they have hard, leathery wings meeting along the mid-line of the back whilst at rest
  • biting mouthparts
  • well developed thorax
  • most can fly

  • Weevils are instantly recognisable by their elongated snouts and the grain weevil is widely accepted as the most common pest of stored grain. The female weevil bores a small hole into a grain kernel and deposits a single egg into the hole. She seals this hole with a gelatinous material and then repeats the process on kernel after kernel until she deposits 300-400 eggs.


  • all beetles lay eggs
  • the eggs hatch into larvae that will damage stored foods
  • carpet beetle larvae are known as woolly bears and it is the larvae that destroy carpets, curtains and clothing
  • the larvae pupate and then emerge as adults to continue the cycle
  • Habitats

    Stored Food Product Beetles are found throughout Britain and are common in shops and domestic larders.

    They are pests associated with flour, bread, cereals, spices, nuts and even drugs. 

    The larvae may be able to penetrate tin foil but not glass and tin, so protect vulnerable products where possible within such containers.

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