Flour Beetle Facts
Also known as: Confused Flour Beetle
Confused flour beetles are found all over the world and is very common throughout the United States. These are found in starchy materials like flour. It has a very similar cousin, the red flour beetle, that is is similar in action and appearance. It is possible that the confused flour beetle got its name from being mistaken for the red flour beetle. The confused flour beetle is a common pest in northern United States, whereas the red flour beetle is seen in warmer areas in the southern part of the country.
Flour Beetle Bites
Confused flour beetles will not bite or sting humans, but they will munch away on dried grains, nuts, dried fruits, spices and chocolate. These pests do not cause structural damage and researchers believe that they do not spread disease.
Flour Beetle Infestation
Females will lay roughly 450 small, clear, white eggs. These eggs are covered in a sticky substance that allows them to stick to whatever surface they are laid on. Larvae are small, brownish worms that appear after 5 to 12 days. They will mature within 1 to 4 months. They will then undergo the pupae stage in which they emerge into adults after undergoing metamorphosis. This entire process will take, on average, about six weeks.
These beetles will feed on grain and contaminate it in the process. They will leave behind dead bodies, skins, fecal matter, and various liquids that will cause the grain to develop an odor. This will be off-putting to livestock, as well as those who are interested in buying the grain.
If the confused flour beetle is disturbed, it will quickly run away. You may find them hiding in storage containers, cereals, oats, rice, dried fruits, and various seeds.
The confused flour beetle that does not fly, however it’s cousin, the Red Flour Beetle can fly short distances.
Types of Flour Beetles
Flour Beetle Identification
The confused flour beetle is about 1/7 of an inch long with a shiny, reddish-brown body. It is flat and in the shape of an oval. Its antennae are larger at the top, producing what looks to a club shape.
Flour Beetles in The House & The Garden
Confused flour beetles are attracted to a variety of items in your pantry. They will eat everything from cereal and cakes mixes to dried fruits and pasta. They will also attack pet food and bird seed as well as dried flowers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Flour Beetles
How do I get rid of confused flour beetles in the home?
In order to rid your home of these beetles, locate the source of the infestation and get rid of it. Wrap any contaminated foods in plastic and quickly dispose of them.
Always make sure to check your flour products. This includes pancake mixes, cereals, pet food, dried fruits and meats, and macaroni. Make sure they have not expired, and always make sure they are sealed before you even bring them inside your home. Storing food in airtight containers and avoid spilling in cabinets and pantries. These pests love moisture, so make sure these areas are properly ventilated.
Because these insecticides are often found around foods, using insecticide is not recommended. They are not at all beneficial in most cases because these beetles are often found in packaged food, so to spray them would make the product impossible to eat.
If your problem persists, contacting a professional pest control company may be best, as they will have access to materials that will be able to get rid of these beetles more easily than the average homeowner.
Benefits of Professional Flour Beetle Pest Control
Pest Control A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a confused flour beetle problem. Finding and treating the confused flour beetles can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the confused flour beetle infestation.