Pantry Pests » Drugstore Beetle

Drugstore Beetle


Reddish to dark brown, oval in shape; 1/10- to 1/8-inch; its head is not visible from above.


Anywhere where there is dried, food-based material to feed on, such as dried pet foods, breads, cereal products, spices and drugs. The drugstore beetle has been observed damaging books by feeding on the bindings. It can be found worldwide, but is more common in warmer climates or in heated buildings in colder climates. Adults actively crawl and fly.


Larvae can damage whole grains or seeds; adults feed on any dried, food-based material.

Insect control: drugstore beetles

Discard all infested packages. Clean spilled grain and infested cabinet areas using a vacuum followed by soapy water. Store all dried food goods in a glass or plastic container with a tight lid to limit spreading if one food becomes infested. Consider storing cereals and similar foods in the refrigerator to limit stored pantry pest problems.

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