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How To Control Drugstore Beetlesdrugstore beetle

They may be called drugstore beetles, but that doesn’t mean it’s limited to just your local pharmacy. Drugstore beetles can become a problem anywhere there are food goods stored away. The drugstore beetle has a very wide appetite and isn’t too picky.

Oval-shaped, brown in color and between 2.5 to 3 mm long, drugstore beetles closely resemble the cigarette beetle, another pantry pest. The main difference that distinguishes the two bugs are that the antennae of the drugstore beetle has a distinct three segmented club structure compared to the cigarette beetles serrated antenna and their wings have deep grooves.

Drugstore beetles are also called biscuit beetles or bread beetles. The drugstore name came from the olden days when these beetles were prevalent in invading pharmacies, contaminating various drugs and herbs that were stored away. However, the most common place they invade are households. They enjoy a broad range of dried stored foods but can also eat non-food items such as paper from books and wool, fur, leather and museum specimens. Drugstore beetles are rather strong in that they can drill through wood to get to food they are craving.

If your pantry has been invaded by drugstore beetles, we at Solutions Pest and Lawn have the tips and high-quality products for you to wipe them out of your home once and for all.


How to Get Rid of Drugstore Beetles: Solutions' 4 Step Process:

The fortunate news when you have a drugstore beetle infestation is that they are actually quite easy to get rid of compared to other pantry pests. We here at Solutions Pest & Lawn recommend a control approach which includes a combination of pantry and kitchen sanitation, applying chemical pesticides and discarding all contaminated food. Check out our 4 step process below to learn how to properly dispose of invading drugstore beetles in your pantry.

Step One: The first thing that must be done to address the drugstore beetle problem in your pantry is to first identify the food that has been contaminated or infested by the bugs. The best way to do this is to basically clean house. Clear out your entire pantry of EVERYTHING. Check all your stored food items, once you find the item crawling with bugs, toss it. Toss any old or expired food as well and do your best to reduce clutter in your pantry. Any items that have already been opened, we recommend placing in airtight hard plastic containers.

Step Two:  Once you have decluttered your pantry and removed unwanted foods and foods you feel are infested, vacuum and clean the shelves and surfaces of the pantry. If necessary, use caulking on the cracks and crevices of the shelves and apply fresh paint.

Step Three: Apply a residual insecticide spray. We recommend using a simple aerosol spray such as Novacide Flea & Tick Killer among other options of insecticides. These are both excellent safe to use sprays and provide long-time control. We also suggest applying an Insect Growth Regulator Gentrol Point Source IGR, which is also available in an aerosol spray and has a crack and crevice tip for easy application.

Step Four: Finally, use pheromone specific traps to catch drugstore beetles that are moving around in your home and then regularly clean the pantry of any spills and clutter. By capturing the adults you will prevent them from laying eggs and creating a new generation of contaminators.

Following these steps carefully and being thorough in your approach will ensure that drugstore beetles will no longer be a problem. Browse our drugstore beetle products below and as always you can contact us if you are in need of suggestions or advice, we are always available either via live chat, phone or email.

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