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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.



How to Get Rid of Larder Beetles- Solutions 4 Step Process

Step 1: Identification - Before breaking out any control products, you need to make sure that the insect you are encountering is, in fact, a larder beetle.This is important because there are insecticides out there that are labeled to successfully eliminate larder beetles and other products which are ineffective. Knowing the proper ID will help you to determine the right product for best results.

Adult larder beetles are tiny and dark (usually black or dark brown), ranging between 5 to 10 millimeters long. Some identifiable characteristics include a brown band around their midsection that is solid. They are oval shaped and are usually found around meat or stored food products.

If for any reason you are not certain that the bug you are seeing is a larder beetle, pull out your phone and snap a picture of it and email the image to us at identification@solutionsstores.com. We have entomologists on staff who can promptly identify the pest and respond back to you with the correct pest ID as well as some control product recommendations.


Step 2: Inspection - Once you have confirmed that you are dealing with larder beetles, the next step is to conduct a home inspection. Track down and note where the beetles are coming from. Find where they are feeding. They have an affinity for meat and stored products so they very likely may have set up camp in your pantry.


If you find an item or area that is infested, discard of the item immediately and perform a serious sanitation procedure. Belongings that are infested which you wish to keep should be covered in plastic and placed outside the home. Wash and dry any infested clothing immediately and toss out any food which they have gotten into and contaminated by larder beetles.


Step 3: Control -  A good sanitation may be enough to ward off larder beetles but if you have a particularly large infestation, we suggest laying out a combination of insecticides and traps. An aerosol spray like Pyrid Aerosol can be a quick killer of these problematic pests.


Step 4: Prevention - Once the larder beetle infestation has been eliminated, make sure they don't come back by monitoring your home semi-regularly and keeping a good sanitation routine, especially in those rooms of the home that are not often used.


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 floorboards 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 great 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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