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Sawtooth Beetles

What are sawtooth beetles?

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Sawtooth beetles are a type of stored product pest and can be found in both homes and commercial facilities.

Adult sawtooth beetles grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length and have a long, flattened, narrow body.

They are usually brown in color.

As their name suggests, they have rows of saw-like teeth located on the first body segment found behind their head.

The larvae of the sawtooth beetle are worm-like in appearance and are slightly smaller than the adults.

The larvae are yellowish-white in color.

Are sawtooth beetles dangerous?

Sawtooth beetles are not known to carry or transmit any dangerous diseases to people, and they do not bite or sting. These beetles are not dangerous to have inside of your home, but they are a nuisance to have because they will contaminate and damage food sources that you have stored in your home’s kitchen and pantry areas.

Why do I have a sawtooth beetle problem?

The sawtooth beetle’s flat body allows them to easily enter food packaging. Infestations usually originate at a food storage or packaging facility. Sawtooth beetles typically enter into homes in products that are purchased from stores that are already infested with larvae or adults. They can be found living in and feeding on bread, dry pasta, dry pet food, cereal, sugar, candy, tobaccos, nuts, dry fruits, pasta, and dry meats.

How do I get rid of sawtooth beetles?

Getting rid of sawtooth beetles from your home is a job better left to the professionals. The surest way to eliminate this pest is to utilize pest experts who have the experience needed to find all the places in your home where the adults, eggs, and larvae are living. At All-American Pest Control, we can help find and eliminate all sawtooth beetles and other common household pests 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 when not mixed or placed properly. They are generally ineffective and do nothing to help prevent future infestations. Additionally, they should never be used around food sources. If sawtooth beetles have infested your home, 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 sawtooth 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 sawtooth beetles in the future?

There are several things that you can do around your home to help reduce problems with sawtooth beetles:

  • First, be sure to inspect food packaging for rips and tears before bringing them home from the store.

  • After bringing dry goods home, remove them from their original packaging and place them into glass or plastic containers that have tight fitting lids.

  • Regularly rotate dry goods that are stored in your kitchen’s pantry and discard older or expired items.

  • Lastly, it is also important to clean-up crumbs and spilled dry goods that are generally found in cabinets and pantry areas.

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