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Merchant Grain Beetles

What are merchant grain beetles?

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Adult merchant grain beetles are brown in color, they have 6 legs, antennae, and have an oval narrow shaped body with a flattened head.

They also have 6 saw-like teeth that are found on either side of their head.

Merchant grain beetles are small in size, only growing to be about 1/10th of an inch in length.

Their small size allows them to easily penetrate the packaged food that they use to feed and breed inside.

Are merchant grain beetles dangerous?

Merchant grain beetles aren’t dangerous, they are considered to be nuisance pests, they don’t transmit diseases and don’t bite or sting people. Merchant grain beetles do however infest stored food products, contaminating them and requiring them to be thrown out- causing homeowners stress and money.

Why do I have a merchant grain beetle problem?

Despite their name, merchant grain beetles are usually not found in grain products, but instead inside stored dry foods like cereals, cake mixes, cookies, chocolate, and dry pasta. Merchant grain beetles generally infest a home after food purchased from a grocery or other store has already been infested with adults, eggs, or larvae.

How do I get rid of merchant grain beetles?

It can be very difficult to completely get rid of merchant grain beetles from your home because all adults, eggs, and larvae need to be found and eliminated. The fastest and most effective way to eliminate merchant grain beetles is with the help of the professionals at All-American Pest Control. Our professionals can help to find and eliminate all merchant grain 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 pesticides are often dangerous if not mixed or placed properly, they are often ineffective, and do nothing to help prevent a future re-infestation; also they should never be used in close proximity to food. If merchant grain beetles have infested your home, pantry, and/or kitchen contact the pest control experts All-American Pest Control 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 nuisance merchant grain beetles. By choosing All-American Pest Control, you can be sure that you will receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem by our trained, experienced, and friendly pest control experts in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

How can I prevent problems with merchant grain beetles in the future?

The following prevention tips can help to reduce the chance of a merchant grain beetle infestation in your home:

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

  • At home remove dry food products from their original packaging and put them into plastic or glass containers that have tight-fitting lids.

  • Clean out your pantry and cabinets on a regular basis and make sure to get rid of older or expired dry goods.

  • Clean up spilled crumbs and dry goods quickly and routinely wipe down counters and cabinets.

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

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