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larder beetle

How To Control Larder Beetles

If you’re like most people, you have a well-stocked pantry filled with your favorite foods and snacks. Humans aren’t the only ones who love all those grains and goodies, bugs love to feast on them too, especially the larder beetle. Larder beetles like to feed on any natural food item. This often leads them to make their way into homes to become an ugly irritating pest.

Larder beetles especially become a problem in the winter when bugs of all kinds are looking for warm shelter from the cold by making their way indoors. If you have a case of larder beetles invading your home, we can show you how to get rid of them with our recommended products and techniques.


Larder Beetle Background Information

Larder beetles(Dermestes lardarius) are oval shaped and dark colored, usually brown or black. They are called larder beetles because of their affinity for stored foods and meats that are in pantries and storage areas which back in the olden days, used to be called larders. Larder beetles aren’t picky eaters as they will have just about anything, from grains, meats and cheeses, to clothing, carpet fibers and dried pet food.

These gross looking things start out as a brownish colored larvae with a hairy covered end part. The larvae of a larder beetle is similar to that of a hide beetle in that they are ferocious eaters that burrow into food where they pupate and come out of the food that they’ve contaminated as an adult.

Signs that you may have larder beetles are holes that have been made in food items or finding larvae laying around or skins that have been shed by the larder beetle. Larder beetles aren’t just a problem in homes, they have proven to be a common problem for museums and for taxidermists because they like to eat skins, hides and organic material like parchment.


Tips for Larder Beetle Control


Before conducting any control method to get rid of larder beetles, cleaning up is vital. Remove food that the larder beetle has gotten into and remove clutter from your food storage areas and pantries. Seal food in tight plastic containers. Larder beetle can bore through weak wood like cardboard and thinner metals, so hard plastic or glass are good options for containers. Strive for a sealed home as well by pulling out a caulking gun and closing up gaps and holes and crevices so no bugs can easily get into your home.


Solutions Recommendations For Hide Beetles


Larder Beetle Traps


Larder beetles can often be hard to find since they like to hide in tight spaces and corners so the best way to nab them is by setting a trap. Lay out a trap like Pro-Pest Pantry Moth & Beetle Traps or X-lure Beetle Floor Trap in rooms where you believe larder beetles are most active. These contain pheromones which should lure hide beetles and you can then easily dispose of them. Layout 1 trap and wait a week and if you catch some beetles you can know which room need the most attention.


Aerosol Spray for Larder Beetles


For a small larder beetle infestation an aerosol spray works great to kill pesky larder beetles. We recommend using Bedlam Aerosol or Phantom Aerosol. The good thing about these sprays is that they can also treat various other bugs like bed bugs, spiders and other common pests that you may encounter in the home. What you need to do is create a barrier, so spray around cracks and crevices and along floor boards and baseboards to keep larder beetles away.


Liquid Insecticides for Larder Beetles


If you have a significant larder beetle infestation, it’s time to break out the big guns. a professional-grade liquid insecticide will work best to control larder beetles like Tempo SC Ultra. This is a solid liquid insecticide that kills larder beetles fast and the active ingredient can continue to control hide beetles for several weeks.

Larder beetles are not a pretty sight, and when they’ve made themselves comfortable in your home, they can be a pain to get rid of and can do a lot of damage to your food storage. However if you’re up for the task, getting rid of larder beetles can be a breeze with the right tools and know-how in your corner. Browse our larder beetle products below and as always, feel free to email us or give us a call and one of our knowledgeable representatives to further assist you with your order or with any pest problems you have.


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