Flat, shiny elongated beetle
Reddish-brown in color
Measures about 1/8 inch long
Dried stored foods, grains, and even chocolate
Confused flour beetles are the most abundant and harmful insect pest of flour mills in the U.S. They cause significant damage to commercial grain products as well.
What does a confused flour beetle look like?
Confused flour beetles are flat, shiny, reddish-brown with an elongated body. Their antennae segments increase in size from the base to the tip to form a club that consists of four segments. These beetles cannot fly. They are often confused with the red flour beetle, which is how they got their name.
How did the confused flour beetle invade my home/business?
Confused flour beetles are a common insect that attacks cereals, grains, spices, grain products, shelled nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, drugs, peas, beans and other similar materials.
How can I tell if I have confused flour beetles?
Flour beetles are a common pest for homes and food processing facilities. Hundreds of flour beetles can live and reproduce in a small container of infested food, and they migrate and infest other food products. Typically, the first sign of confused flour beetles in your home is to see these pests flying around. Initially, you may have a few sightings and they will increase in numbers until you discover the source. Commercially, confused flour beetles can be discovered either by having sightings or through an extensive inspection.
Can confused flour beetles harm my family or employees?
Confused flour beetles themselves cannot harm humans. They can, however, cause expensive contamination to our food supply. They have been found in the following food products: flour, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, cornmeal, crackers, cereals, rice, wheat, oats, wheat bran, beans, chocolate, powdered milk, spices, pet food, birdseed, and dried flowers.
How does Batzner get rid of confused flour beetles?
Steps in controlling flour beetles in a home:
If the infestation persists, it means at least one infested food source remains or additional spilled food is still present. If you are having trouble finding the source, give us a call. Our experienced service professionals have the training to seek out the root of the infestation.
What steps can I take to control or prevent confused flour beetles myself?
Prevention is the most important step in confused flour beetle control.