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Drug Store Beetles

What are drug store beetles?

illustration of drug store beetle

The drug store beetle received its name because they are pantry pests frequently found feeding on drugs in pharmacies, but they will also happily feed on dry food goods like flour products, spices, seeds, dry pet food, along with non-food items like wool, aluminum foil, leather, and books.

Adult drug store beetles grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length.

When viewed from above it appears as if they have no head because it is bent at a downward angle. Their bent head also makes them look like they are humped.

Adult drug store beetles are a reddish-brown color.

They are winged and capable of flight. Their wings are covered in lines of deep pits which gives them a striated appearance.

Their larvae are small, grub-like in appearance, and are whitish in color.

Are drug store beetles dangerous?

Drug store beetles are not considered to be dangerous to people. Drug store beetles are a nuisance pest that can contaminate food sources and damage personal items, and therefore should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible.

Why do I have a drug store beetle problem?

Drug store beetles are strong fliers and are attracted to light which means that adults often enter into homes through spaces around doors and windows because they can be light sources. These beetles can also enter into homes through food products that are already infested with their eggs or larvae.

How do I get rid of drug store beetles?

Drug store beetles can be particularly difficult to get rid of because they not only infest food sources but books and other non-food items. This means that these pests can invade multiple areas of your home. Getting help from a professional pest control expert in your area is best when it comes to drug store beetles. Professionals have the experience needed to find all the areas of your home that are infested with drug store beetles. At All-American Pest Control, we can help to find and eliminate all drug store beetles from your home through our year-round Perimeter Pest Control Program or our Green Choice Pest Control program.


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Can I do it myself?

Do-it-yourself pest control products are not only often ineffective against drug store beetles and other household pests, but they can be dangerous for you, your family, and pets to be around, especially if they are not mixed or placed properly. And they should never be used in close proximity to food. The best way to safely and completely get rid of these pests from your home and prevent a re-infestation is to get help from an expert in drugstore beetle control like the team here at All-American Pest Control. If drug store beetles have infested your kitchen, pantry, or other areas of your home contact us today.

Why choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort, and patience it takes to solve any pest problem, including problems with stored product pests like drug store beetles. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem from our trained and friendly pest control experts.

How can I prevent problems with drug store beetles in the future?

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control program from the pest control experts here at All-American Pest, the following prevention tips can help to prevent problems with drug store beetles in your home.

  • Caulk any spaces around exterior windows and doors to help stop adults from entering your home.

  • If possible replace white outdoor light bulbs with yellow insect deterring light bulbs.

  • When buying food products from a store inspect the packaging to ensure that there are no holes or rips.

  • Place dry goods into plastic or glass containers that have tight-fitting lids, instead of keeping them in their original packaging.

  • Clean out your kitchen's pantry and cabinets on a regular basis and be sure to get rid of older or expired food items.

To schedule your free home evaluation, contact us today at All-American Pest Control!

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