Red Flour Beetle: The Pantry Invaders
Updated: Mar 12, 2019
What are they?
Flour Beetles are scavengers! The female flour beetle places eggs directly on flour, cereals, dry pet food and similar items. The red flour beetle attacks stored grain and other food products including flour, cereals, pasta, biscuits, beans, and nuts, causing loss and damage.
It has been found that some "Tribolium" species may spread the parasite "Hymenolepis nana", a human platyhelmint parasite, as an intermediate host (just as many species of Tenebrio's family). It may cause an allergic response, as well, but is not known to cause damage to structures or furniture.
What can you do?
Inspect & Discard: First inspect the infested items and discard them. Pay particular attention to the dry grains. Every item that the categories of flours, milled grains, powdered milks, cocoa, meals, etc needs to be inspected one by one. If an item passes inspection, it is a good idea to seal it up in an air-tight container.
Clean and Vacuum: Vacuum and clean shelves thoroughly. Pay attention to cracks and crevices and under your shelves, and around wire shelving. It doesn't take a lot of food for these Flour Beetles to survive.
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