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What are drug store beetles?

Drug store beetles get their name from feeding on the herbs that early pharmacists used to create drugs. But, drug store beetles also feed on a variety of other things which have caused them to become a major pest in both homes and businesses. Some of their other favorite foods include:

  • Flour and cereals

  • Spices and coffee beans

  • Dry pet food

  • Wool

  • Leather

  • Horns

  • Fabrics

Drug Store Beetle Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

drug store beetle eating bread

What do adult drug store beetles look like?

Adult drugstore beetles have an oval-shaped body and a brownish-red color. Other physical features include:

  • A head bent at an angle making them appear humpbacked

  • Smooth antenna with a three-segmented club at its end

  • Six short legs

  • Striated wings covers, covered in rows of fine hairs

  • Small larvae - white grubs covered in short hairs

Are drug store beetles dangerous?

The ability to contaminate food and damage our personal belongings cause drug store beetles to be dangerous pests. The larval stage of this pest is what causes the most damage and destruction. After an adult female lays her eggs on an appropriate food source the larvae hatch and feed on the food provided to them.

Why do I have a drug store beetle problem?

There are two main reasons why drug store beetles have become a problem in your home- they enter inside on their own or hitchhike their way in.
 
It is important to know two things about drug store beetles, they are strong fliers and light attracts them. Outdoor lights draw drug store beetles and many other insects to the exterior of our homes. After finding their way to your home it is common for drug store beetles to move inside through openings around windows and doors or torn screens.
 
These pests also hitchhike inside of our homes after on products purchased from the store already infested with drug store beetle eggs or larva.

Where will I find drug store beetles?

Drug store beetles prefer to live either in warmer regions or in colder regions inside of heated buildings. The warm weather found in Dallas throughout most of the year allows these pests to thrive.
 
After finding their way into our homes drug store beetles don’t just stay in the kitchen like many other stored product pests. The drug store beetles varied diet allows them to feed on both food and non-food items stored throughout a home in kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and basements.
 
Commercial properties that often become home to drug store beetles include drug stores, grocery stores, restaurants, food processing or storage facilities, and museums.

How do I get rid of drug store beetles?

The fastest and most effective way to eliminate drug store beetles from your Dallas home or business is to partner with the professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite.
 
Our experienced professionals provide the top-quality services and eco-friendly products needed to eliminate drug store beetles and keep them from returning. To learn more about eliminating drug store beetles and other pests from your residential or commercial property, give All-Safe Pest & Termite a call today!

How can I prevent drug store beetles in the future?

Prevent problems with drug store beetles by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Never purchase dry goods from a store with torn packaging.

  • After returning from the store remove dry goods from the original packaging and place the food in glass or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.

  • Store items made of wool, fur, or leather in plastic containers with locking lids. (Cardboard storage boxes are easily invaded by drug store beetles and other pests.)

  • Place weather-stripping around windows and doors.

  • Make sure open windows and doors have tight-fitting screens.

  • Keep outdoor lights turned off whenever possible. Replace white outdoor bulbs with LED bulbs that are less attractive to drug store beetles.

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