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How to Control Flour Beetles
It can be quite alarming to go into your pantry to pull out your flour only to realize that it is crawling with bugs. These frustrated pests are called Flour beetles and they are becoming a more and more common problem in households, grocery stores and commercial food packing facilities.
There are several species of flour beetles (or bran bugs as they’re so lovingly called)that are notorious for invading food storage areas which include the confused flour beetle, the red flour beetle, the broadhorned flour beetle among others. Adult flour beetles measure between 3 and 4 mm in length and appear reddish brown in color. Flour beetles don’t like to eat or lay eggs in grain, but rather do so in flour and cereal products.
Flour beetles often infest mills and food processing facilities which may possibly be the reason they made their way to your home, by being accidently packed into a food product package at such a factory. Flour beetles won’t limit themselves to flour though as they are known to devour a variety of foods like dried fruits, sunflower seeds, cornmeal, crackers, cereals, rice, wheat, oats, wheat bran, beans, chocolate, legume seeds, powdered milk, spices, pet food, livestock feed, birdseed, cottonseed, dried flowers and even poisonous baits. For workers in the agricultural industry they can be a pain by feasting on grains that are meant to feed the livestock.
If you have flour beetles crawling around in your pantry, 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 flour beetles and also offer free DIY advice so you can eliminate this pest properly.
How to Get Rid of Flour beetles: 3 Step Solution
Like most other pantry pests, getting rid of flour beetles can be quite easy and involves a detailed cleanup of infested areas, laying out traps and spraying chemical pesticides that will kill Flour beetles and repel them from your home. Check out our easy-to-follow steps below:
Step One: Thoroughly inspect your pantries and cupboards. Start by emptying your cabinets of all of your stored dry food products and look for the source of the flour beetle infestation. Once the infestation is found, immediately discard the item in a sealed plastic bag. Also at this point in time, we recommend removing any food item that you don’t intend on eating or is expired. Decluttering your food storage of excess food is an important part of reducing the threat of flour beetles or any other pantry pests.
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. Be very thorough in vacuuming so your can suck up any eggs that are laying around in your pantry. Make sure to replace your vacuum bag and dispose the old bag.
Step Three: Once all your infested food items have been thrown out and areas have been cleaned, it will be time to treat with insecticides. Spray the pantry and all the cracks and crevices with Novacide Flea & Tick Killer or Microcare Insecticide Aerosol among other options of insecticides. These are both excellent safe to use sprays and provide long-time control. If your flour beetle problem is a larger infestation, we recommend going with a insecticide concentrate such as Cyonara or D-Fense SC Insecticide. 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: Lastly, we recommend installing pheromone traps to capture any remaining flour bugs that were able to survive the first three steps. Pheromone traps contain an attractant that lures flour 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. Place these traps on shelves directly next to suspect food and do not hang them or put them in areas where the beetles would find it difficult to get to it.
Follow these steps as we have laid out and your flour beetle problem will be no more. Browse our granary flour 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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