The confused flour beetle apparently got its common name because of the confusion regarding its identity. It is one of the most important pests of stored products found in the home and in grocery stores. These beetles are unable to feed on whole kernels or undamaged grain. They attack grains and grain products, peas, beans, shelled nuts, dried fruits, spices, milk chocolate, drugs, snuff, cayenne pepper, and herbarium, insect and other museum specimens. They are attracted to light even though they apparently do no fly. Humans are not injured by it but they do impart a disagreeable odor and taste to the flour they infest.
Prevention: Good sanitation is the key along with the immediate transfer and storage of products packaged in paper, cardboard, or plastic bags into tight sealing jars or Tupperware-type containers. Call us for a free inspection.