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Stored Product Pests

Stored Product Pests
Latin NameSerpentes
Length10 cm (Barbados threadsnake, Adult)
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CIGARETTE/DRUGSTORE BEETLES

Color: Dark red-brown.

Size: 1/10 inch.

Habits: Live and feed in dry food products of plant origin. Also attack tobacco and spices. Both species fly well and most active at night. Eggs are laid in the food product and all life stages are found there.

Habitat: Any dry food product of plant origin including pet foods, pasta, flour and cake mixes, spices.

Threat: No health threat but can damage food products.

Prevention: Store dry foods in insect-proof containers. So not store products for extended periods of time.

FLOUR BEETLES

Color: Rust-red.

Size: 1/8 inch.

Habits: Eggs are laid in dry, milled grain flours. Cake mixes, cookies and chocolate are also attacked. The Confused flour beetle cannot fly and is most common in New Jersey. The red flour beetle can fly but is a more southern insect.

Habitat: All stages of the insect can be found in flour.

Threat: Pose no health threats to man. Will damage food stuffs.

Prevention: Keep foods in insect tight containers. Do not store dry goods for long periods.

INDIAN MEAL MOTHS

Color: Wing base silver with remainder rust-red

Size: Wing spread approximately 1/4 inch

Habits: Weak fliers. Lay eggs in food materials. Cream colored 1/2 inch larvae feed and then crawl elsewhere looking for a crack or crevice in which to spin a cocoon. Larvae often seen crawling across ceilings and up walls near infestation source. Feed on a wide variety of dried foods of plant origin including dried fruits and nuts. Infested foods often covered with silk webbing.

Habitat: Any dried food of plant origin. Found in pantry and kitchen areas or where food or pet food is stored.

Threat: Spoils food but no known health threat to man.

Prevention: Store susceptible foods in insect-proof containers. Do not store foods for long periods. If moths seen flying in grocery store, inspect packages for webbing.

MEALWORMS

Color: Dark brown to black

Size: Adults 1/2 inch. Larvae up to 1-1/4 inch

Habits: Feed on dried grain products which have become wet or damp and moldy. Eggs are laid in the food. Adults are found in or around infested food. They seldom attack sound, dry food materials.

Habitat: Any damp, moldy grain product

Threat: Pose no health threat but damage grain product although such products have already been damaged by molds.

Prevention: Keep food materials dry. Store in Insect-proof containers.

SAW TOOTHED GRAIN BEETLES

Color: Rust-red

Size: 1/10 inch

Habits: Live in and feed on dried foods of plant origin. Do not attack whole grains. Adults hide in cracks & crevices when not feeding.

Habitat: Any dried food of plant origin including dried fruit and chocolate.

Threat: Spoils food but no known health threat to man.

Prevention: Store susceptible foods in insect-proof containers or keep in cold storage.

WAREHOUSE BEETLES

Color: Varies from yellow-white to dark brown

Size: 1/8 inch

Habits: Found in dried food products of both animal and plant origin. Eggs laid in the food and all stages are found there.

Habitat: Dry food products.

Threat: No health threat but can damage food products

Prevention: Store foods in insect-proof containers. Do not store for long periods of time.

WEEVILS

Color: Variable but dark

Size: 1/4 inch or smaller

Habits: Weevils are able to penetrate whole grains and beans. Eggs are laid inside the kernel where the larva feeds. The new adult makes a round exit hole to emerge. All weevils have snouts but some are more exaggerated than others. Some fly.

Habitat: Whole kernel grains and dried beans.

Threat: Threat to food infestation

Prevention: Store susceptible foods in insect-proof containers or keep in cold storage.

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