Drugstore beetle (Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org)
- 1/10 inch long
- reddish brown to brown
- head not visible from above
- antennae with 3-segmented club
- rows of deep pits on wing covers distinguish from cigarette beetle
- larvae: c-shaped, white and hairy larvae
- lay eggs in food materials
- larvae pupate within food materials
- larvae eat nearly anything but prefer bread, flour, meal, spices and pet foods
- adults do not feed on food, but can chew through food packaging
- common pest of stored food in homes and storehouses
- attack a variety of nonfood products
- can cause damage to books
- Improve sanitation procedures in affected areas.
- Inspect all incoming food items for pests.
- Store all susceptible food items in pest-proof containers.
- Dispose of infested food items.
- Keep food in regular rotation.