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What Are Confused Flour Beetles?


The confused flour beetle is a common species of pantry pests living in Dallas homes and businesses. They are one of the most economically destructive stored product pest species in the United States. They live in large populations and some can live for more than a year. Females lay their eggs in flour and other common pantry staples.


Confused flour beetles:

  • Have a shiny, reddish-brown, flattened, oval-shaped body.

  • Grow to about an eighth of an inch long.

  • Have antennae that widen out at the base of the head.

  • Have wings covered with rigid wing covers.

  • Do not fly.

Confused Flour Beetle Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Are confused flour beetles dangerous?

The saliva, excrement, and shed skins of confused flour beetles cause the contamination of stored foods. Stored foods infested with confused flour beetle larvae develop a very unpleasant odor and taste.


Confused flour beetles live in large numbers throughout the United States. Their presence can greatly reduce the quality and worth of stored grains, causing them to be a significant pest in the agricultural and food storage industry.

Why do I have a confused flour beetle problem?

Unable to feed on whole kernels, confused flour beetles feed on finely ground or broken starch materials. Confused flour beetles regularly contaminate flour, cereals, cornmeal, seeds, dry pet food, and dry spices. These pests often find their way into our homes in products purchased from the store already infested with confused flour beetle eggs or larvae.

Where will I find confused flour beetles?

Structures that confused flour beetles invade regularly are those that store and prepare food:

  • Food processing facilities

  • Food storage facilities

  • Grocery stores

  • Restaurants

  • Schools

  • Homes

They prefer to feed on dry goods with high moisture content. Inside our homes, confused flour beetles invade kitchens, pantries, basements, and wherever there are dry goods.

How do I get rid of confused flour beetles?

Locally owned and family operated, All-Safe Pest & Termite is the best choice to get rid of confused flour beetles from your home or business. We offer our customers with fast response times and peace of mind.
We understand how frustrating and stressful a problem with stored pantry pests can be. Our experienced professionals will provide the customized services needed to eliminate the current infestation quickly. They can then put into place the routine services required to prevent future problems with confused flour beetles and other pests. 
Discover why your Dallas neighbors choose All-Safe Pest & Termite for their pest control needs. Reach out to us today!

How can I prevent confused flour beetles in the future?

Prevent problems with these pests by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite and by implementing the following confused flour beetle prevention tips:

  • Keep food storage areas clear of crumbs and other food debris that attract confused flour beetles.

  • Vacuum kitchen and pantry floors regularly to get rid of crumbs.

  • Never purchase dry goods from the store with damaged packaging.

  • Avoid buying flour and other like products from the bulk bin at the grocery store.

  • Store dry goods in your home in plastic or glass containers with airtight lids.

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