Carpet beetles are the most common household beetle, there are dozens of commonly found household beetles. Usually found in either contaminated foodstuff such as grains flour and rice, or on other organic matter including carpets, textiles, birds nests, and food debris. The key to achieving control is correct identification, location of and removal of the source. followed by an application of a suitable insecticide.
Carpet Beetles cause considerable damage to goods and products and should be dealt with swiftly. The larvae from Carpet Beetles will feed on almost anything although seems to prefer woollen products, carpets, hair and cereals although its favourite food is insects and spiders. If grazing on fabric they will leave holes in the material.Female Carpet Beetles do not always lay their eggs on larval food material. The eggs hatch in seventeen or eighteen days. Development time from egg to adult usually requires two hundred and forty nine to three hundred and fifty four days at room temperature, but may take as long as two to three years depending upon temperature and food. Adult Carpet Beetle males live for thirteen to twenty eight days, whereas female Carpet Beetles live for fourteen to one hundred and forty four days.
Control of carpet beetles is simple and involves physical removal with the aid of a vacuum of visible insects followed by the application of a residual insecticide.
The Biscuit Beetle will eat any number of household food items as well as hair, leather and unfortunately priceless museum pieces. Preferred items to consume appear to be bread products, cereals and spices. They will also eat paper and will fed off books if they are available.
Control of Biscuit beetles involves removing any infested product, cleaning areas where food debris has built up followed by the application of a suitable insecticide.
Furniture Beetles – Woodworm
Furniture Beetles, also known as Woodworm, are a wood boring Beetle and they will cause large amounts of damage if they are not treated. To treat them effectively requires extensive training and knowledge as if not treated correctly it can cause more damage to the item which has been treated. Woodworm are noticeable due to bore holes which they leave but the bore holes may not delevop until years after the area has been infected.
Control of Woodworm is best left to a specialist timber preservation company.
Larder Beetles will lay eggs where food is stored. A Larder Beetle can lay anywhere between one hundred and eight hundred eggs and the egg can develop into an adult within only a couple of months. There can be up to six generations of Larder Beetles in a year. Larder Beetles tend to enter properties in spring or summer and will survive for up to five months. A Larder Beetle will eat most foodstuffs but will also eat insects, hair and feathers.
Control of larder beetles involves removing any infested product, cleaning areas where food debris has built up followed by the application of a suitable insecticide.
Confused Flour Beetle
If you have an infestation of Flour Beetles any flour that they have infested will have a bad smell and taste to it, although it will not cause you any harm. Flour Beetles will not just infest flour they will also eat nuts, beans, chocolate, milk and insects.
A Confused Flour Beetle female can lay up to five hundred eggs on food or in any cracks or crevices that they come into contact with. The eggs are clear, white and sticky. The female can live for for up to three years. If conditions are right you can have up to five generations of Flour Beetles in a year.
Control of flour beetles involves removing any infested product followed by the application of a suitable insecticide.
If you have an infestation of Flour Weevils you will probably notice small Beetles in cupboards, on worktops or in flour and cereal boxes. You may also notice Moths or Maggots. Flour Weevils can eat through sealed food packets. If you notice Flour Weevils you will need to clean all cupboards and get rid of all infested food. Flour Weevils can infect supermarkets and you may bring them into your home unknowingly due to buying infested products.
Control of flour weevils involves removing any infested product followed by the application of a suitable insecticide.
The Mealworm Beetle lays eggs on food or up to around one hundred and forty days, laying an average of around two hundred and seventy eggs each. The time to grow from egg to adult takes up to around six hundred days. An adult will live for up to three months. You may notice yellow Mealworms in grain which usually indicates a hygiene problem. Mealworms like to live in dark and damp environments and can typically be found in grain and feed stores.
Control of mealworm beetles involves removing any infested product, cleaning areas where food debris has built up followed by the application of a suitable insecticide.
Fur Beetles as with many other stored product insects are usually found in undisturbed such as under carpets edges, and under skirting boards. Birds nests are another place fur beetles are often found. Damage to your clothing, and other textiles may be damaged by the beetle larvae.
Control of fur beetles involves removing any infested product, cleaning areas where food debris has built up followed by the application of a suitable insecticide.
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