Flour Beetles

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Flour Beetle Facts

  • Flour beetles consume wheat and other grains commonly found in kitchens and pantries.
  • They do not bite or sting even though they have chewing mouthparts.
  • An adult flour beetle measures 1/8 of an inch in length.

Beetle Photos

How to Get Rid of Flour Beetles

In current flour beetle infestations, discard suspected dried goods products in sealed plastic bags in outdoor receptacles. Toss all out-of-date dried goods or those you haven’t used in a while. As some homeowners bake or prepare special dishes only for special events and holiday gatherings, dried goods can sit for months and attract flour beetles brought in from infested products. Thoroughly clean and sanitize your pantry area, paying particular attention to cracks and crevices.

Eliminating pantry pests, such as flour beetles, can prove challenging. Contact your local Truly Nolen location to schedule a free pest inspection. Truly Nolen technicians can devise a plan to eliminate flour beetles and other pantry pests using our eco-friendly IPM methods and treatments.

Homeowners can take common sense steps to avoid future infestations by:

  • Cleaning your pantry regularly, cleaning spills and sanitizing shelves
  • Sealing cracks and crevices in your pantry
  • Regularly inspecting and rotating dried goods
  • Storing all dried goods in air-tight glass, metal or hard plastic containers

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