Larva Size: 1/8-1/4” Color: White but tinged yellowish Shape: 3-segmented Color: Reddish brown
The red flour beetle gets its common name from its coloration and its habit of infesting flour. It is one of the most found pests of stored products in the home and 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 flour of high moisture content.
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.