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Biscuit Beetle / Drug Store Beetle

Biscuit Beetle is found throughout the UK.

Normal its is found in food storage and retailing premises, and are frequently encountered in a domestic property.They are small reddish-brown insects, only about 3mm long, which attack stored foods in domestic cupboard and larders.

Very similar in appearance and closely related to the Common Furniture Beetle (Woodworm), these insects can easily be confused and misidentified.Flour, biscuits, cake mixes, cereals, spices, meat and soup powders will attract them most, however, they will thrive on other substances such as poisonous substances like strychnine, belladonna and aconite – hence the beetle’s American name; Drug Store Beetle.

They have also been known to penetrate tin foil and lead, and have even bored through a shelf-full of books.The white larvae are very small and quite active when they hatch. They feed and grow for about two months or so, depending on temperature, the larvae pupate inside cocoons, often within the food material, and one or two weeks later the adult’s hatch, their emergence holes resembling typical ‘woodworm’ (Anobium) exit holes. Mating takes place soon after emergence. The adults fly, but do not feed and live for relatively short periods of three to four weeks.

How to get rid of Biscuit Beetles

Throw out any infested food and thoroughly clean out any food residues from areas where the beetles or their grubs are found. Also check the loft or eaves of your house for an old bird nest, as these can be a common source of Biscuit Beetles. If you feel your issue has not been resolved with the house keeping options above them we recommend you contact MIDS Pest Control to carry out a survey

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