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HOW TO IDENTIFY SAW TOOTH GRAIN BEETLES

Adult saw tooth grain beetles are very small, only growing to be about 1/10th of an inch in size.  Adults are brown and their body is flat; they also have 6 tiny projections on each side of the area just behind their head.  Those projections are what give them their name “saw tooth”.  Their larvae are white and grub-like in appearance with a darker brown colored head.

WHY DO I HAVE A SAW TOOTH GRAIN BEETLE PROBLEM?

The most common way a home becomes infested with saw tooth grain beetles is by purchasing goods from the store that are already infested with their larvae.  They can be found infesting things like dry pet food, birdseed, cereal, tobacco, and flour.  The adult’s extremely small size allows them to easily penetrate food packaging and infest the contents found inside.

ARE SAW TOOTH GRAIN BEETLES DANGEROUS?

Saw tooth grain beetles are not considered to be dangerous to people because they do not bite or sting.  Saw tooth grain beetles are a type of nuisance pest; adults will find a suitable food source and lay their eggs inside.  Once hatched, the larvae will then feed on and contaminate the food.   

HOW DO I CONTROL SAW TOOTH GRAIN BEETLES?

If saw tooth grain beetles have become a nuisance in your home you should never try to solve the problem on your own, instead you should immediately contact Russell’s Pest Control.  Our professionals understand how frustrating a saw tooth grain beetle infestation can be and will take the necessary steps to quickly and safely eliminate these pests from your home.

Once the current infestation with saw tooth grain beetles is taken care of, future problems with saw tooth grain beetles and other common household pests can be controlled through our year-round Power Platinum home pest control program.

SAW TOOTH GRAIN BEETLE PREVENTION TIPS

As a homeowner there are some easy steps you can take to help lessen the chances of saw tooth grain beetles invading your home.

Saw tooth grain beetle prevention tips:

  • Inspect dry goods before purchasing them by checking the packaging for tears and holes; don’t purchase items if any are found.
  • Store dry goods in plastic or glass sealed containers that have tight fitting lids. 
  • Make sure pet food and bird food are kept in plastic sealed containers.
  • Regularly clean up any spills that occur around your kitchen and pantry.
  • Regularly rotate food in your pantry, discarding older or expired items.
 

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