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Be Careful your dried food is in danger from pests and it’s somewhere you’d not expect to find an infestation. Your cupboards and storage full of Flour, biscuits, cake mixes, cereals, spices, pasta, grain, meat and soup powders will attract them most and allow them to thrive, which can cause contamination and health risks, as well as being a huge inconvenience.
Biscuit beetles are small, hard-shelled, reddish-brown beetles with an oval-shaped body which is humped and covered in short yellowish hairs. Their larvae are white, crescent-shaped and grub-like.
Biscuit beetles thrive in dark, warm, undisturbed places around their food source – for example, in the back of your cupboard on some old, rarely-used food that you’ve forgotten about.
Their 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.
Biscuit Beetles can be found in other areas of the room such as work surfaces or window frames, as they are attracted to light. Providing that conditions are favourable, biscuit beetles will have around 4 broods per year.
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How to prevent biscuit beetles
Seeing as though the food source is the main attraction for biscuit beetles, one way of preventing them is to keep less bulk food products in the home. This, of course, is easier said than done, but you can try and cut down by only buying what you need and keeping track of food so it doesn’t get left open and forgotten about. The food you do have should be kept in tightly sealed containers, or at least make sure the opening is closed with a food storage clip.
You should also try and store your food in a cool, dry area to ensure you are not creating an ideal environment for pests. This means making sure that it is not stored near any heaters and trying to keep your kitchen at an agreeable temperature.
Lastly, make sure your food storage areas are always kept clean and tidy, clearing away any spilt food. This includes hard-to-reach areas such as drawers around the stove, behind the fridge, and little nooks and crannies where you wouldn’t usually think to clean, as well as shelves and cupboards.
If you notice these little brown beetles in your house, you should take action as quickly as possible. The treatment process is very similar to that of other stored-food pests. The affected area should be thoroughly hoovered, taking care to go over all cracks, corners and crevices, and the hoover’s contents should then be sealed and binned. Make sure to remove and dispose of any contaminated food sources. You should then call in the help of a professional who can properly fumigate and treat the infested area, as DIY pest control is often ineffective.
Exterminate Pest Control Solutions have the appropriate means of getting rid of a Biscuit Beetle infestation, completely clearing the area and making sure there are no signs of pests left over. An appropriate insecticide will be used, and the infested areas treated to eliminate any migrating pests. Exterminate will also advise you of preventative measures to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again.
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