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How To Control Cigarette Beetles
Dried stored foods and products are all at risk for being invaded by pantry pests and the same is the case for tobacco, which has a bug which specifically targets dried tobacco leaves, cigars, cigarettes, or chewing tobacco. That bug is the cigarette beetle, which has invaded human dwellings and food storage areas for a very long time.
Oval-shaped, brown in color and between 1/8th of an inch long, cigarette beetles closely resemble the drugstore beetles. Cigarette beetles are not limited to just tobacco products as they will invade packaged foods and grains as well. Cigarette beetles seem to munch endlessly, eating seeds, seasonings like pepper and paprika and dried flower arrangements.
Cigarette beetles can be a bit tough to control with insecticides because they are also known to eat pyrethrum which is the main active ingredient found in a variety of pesticides. Cigarette beetles commit most of their damage while they are in their larvae stage. Female cigarette beetle can lay up to 100 eggs on the food sources where they gather at and when hatched, the larvae become hungry insatiable destroyers. Adult cigarette beetles are tremendous flyers and can come into the house and begin creating havoc in pantries.
If you’re concerned by an invasion of cigarette beetles, Solutions Pest and Lawn has the professional-grade products as well as helpful how-to advice to rid these pests once and for all.
How to Get Rid of Cigarette Beetles: Solutions 4 Step Process:
If you have a cigarette beetle infestation, there is no need to panic because they can be managed with the right control and treatment approach. At Solutions Pest & Lawn we recommend a solid plan of action which includes a thorough sanitation of your pantry, chemical treatments and removal of infested and contaminated food. We have simple steps you can follow to eliminate cigarette beetles which you can follow below.
Step One: To begin tackling your cigarette beetle problem in your pantry you first need to determine what foods they are infesting. Just to be on the safe side, we recommend clearing out your entire pantry and checking every stored food item. Once you find the item crawling with cigarette beetles and larvae, toss it immediately. Remove all foods you don’t want anymore and declutter your pantry as much as you can. Try not to overstuff your pantry.
Step Two: Once your pantry has been decluttered, we recommend vacuuming and cleaning off all crumbs and spilled food on the shelves and surfaces of the pantry. If necessary, use caulking to seal up cracks and crevices of the shelves.
Step Three: Apply a residual insecticide spray. We recommend using a simple aerosol spray such as Novacide Flea & Tick Killer or Microcare Insecticide Aerosol. You can also use insecticide concentrates, preferably ones that don’t contain pyrethrum. 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, install pheromone specific traps to both capture cigarette beetles and monitor future pantry pest problems should they occur. These traps can attract and lure these beetles and has a glue that will trap them and can easily be disposed. 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 cigarette beetles will no longer be a problem. Browse our cigarette 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.