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How to Control Grain Beetlesgrain beetle control

Have you taken a look inside of your cupboard or pantry and were startled to see something that looks similar to a reddish-brown alfalfa seed crawling around your shelving or even more, flying around as soon as you open the pantry door? These little irritating buggers are called grain beetles and they are becoming a more and more common problem in households, grocery stores and commercial food packing facilities.

Most grain beetles measure between 2 and 3 mm in length and appear reddish brown or dark brown in color. Typically, grain beetles appear to be slightly flattened. Some of the more common grain beetle species found around the country are clearly identifiable from the six projections on the thorax that look similar to saw blades. Certain types of grain beetles, like the sawtooth grain beetle also possess large outstanding eyes, which make the grain beetles head shape on the pointier side compared to other pantry pests.

Grain beetles may enter the home by being inadvertently pre-packaged at commercial food packing facilities which they invade to feast on grains. Once in the home they will be on the hunt for even more varieties of foods and places to lay eggs. The larvae of grain beetles are particularly damaging, being able to burrow into softer packaging like cardboard to get to their meals. While they enjoy grains, grain beetles will eat just about anything, from furniture to clothing fabric and wallpaper.

If you have grain beetles in your home, action must be taken quickly to prevent the risk of significant damage and contamination. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we carry everything you need to control this pantry pest and also offer free how-to advice so you can rid this pest right the first time.

How to Get Rid of Grain Beetles: 3 Step Solution

Like most other pantry pests, getting rid of grain beetles can be quite easy and involves a detailed cleanup of infested areas, laying out traps and spraying chemical pesticides that will kill grain beetles and repel them from your home. Check out our easy-to-follow guide below and recommended products and you will be able to eliminate those frustrating grain beetles home quickly.

Step 1:  Identify the source of the infestation and remove the product immediately from your pantry or storage area. We also recommend that all already opened food containers you have be stored in airtight containers made of hard plastic. By doing this step you can prevent further infestation. You will need to completely empty out your pantry and check EVERYTHING. Completing this step properly and being thorough in your approach is half the battle. For the best possible results in eliminating an infestation, we suggest tossing everything in your pantry, even unopened new containers. Don't leave anything to chance.

Step 2:  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 3: Apply a residual insecticide spray. An easy to use aerosol like Novacide Flea & Tick Killer or CB PCO Insect Fogger are excellent options then follow up with 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 4: Finally, we suggest installing pheromone traps to catch grain beetle bugs that are moving around in your home. These pheromone traps contain an attractant that lures grain beetle bugs and other pantry pests and are a good tool to monitor future insect activity in your pantry once the population has been eradicated.

Follow these steps as we have laid out and your grain beetle problem will be no more. Browse our granary grain beetle products below and if you ever have any questions or concerns, we have pest control experts standing by to assist you via email, phone or online live chat.


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