Drugstore beetles are so named because they were common occupants of early pharmacies.
Drugstore beetles are small, light brown beetles
Elytra are covered with a light pubescence and vertical indented bands along the length of the thorax and abdomen
Larval drugstore beetles are small, C-shaped larvae, similar to the grubs found outdoors
Common pests of pantries, pet foods, spices, and almost any dried plant material
Infestations usually located in a kitchen pantry in an item that has long since passed its expiration date
- Carpet beetles will usually go unnoticed in the kitchen for some time
Control is essentially a sanitation issue
Infested products must be identified and removed from the home
Chemical controls may be applied after the homeowner has removed all infested products
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