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What is a Drugstore Beetle?

The drugstore beetle is a common pest in homes and warehouses.

In homes, Drugstore Beetle’s feed on flour, meal, breakfast foods, spices, pet foods, horn and antler, and green coffee beans. They also infest books and have been known to bore a hole through books.

The beetle is cylindrical and measures about 1/10 inch long with uniform brown color. Its head is not visible from above, and its leg and antennae are pressed to the body when the bug is at rest. Adult drugstore beetles resemble cigarette beetles but have rows of deep pits on their wing covers. The drugstore beetles antennae have a three-segmented club – the cigarette beetles antennae are serrated or saw-like.

How to get rid of Drugstore Beetles?

The first line of defense with drugstore beetles is to find the source of the infestation. Focus on finding and discarding infested materials. Check flour, meal, breakfast foods, spices, pet foods, horn and antler, green coffee beans, and stuffed toys. Control of the drugstore beetle involves finding the source, destroying the source and most likely treating.

If you have an issue with drugstore beetles and want additional information, please call our office for prevention and treatment options.