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BEETLE FAQs

WHAT ARE THESE SMALL, WORM-LIKE, TAN-COLORED BUGS IN MY CARPET?

You may be dealing with larval stage of carpet beetles or cabinet beetles.

They taper at one end to a darker brown color. These beetles feed on woolen items as well as dead insects, pet and human hair trapped in carpets and food items in pantries.

They can be very difficult to control, so it is recommended you consult a pest management professional.

WHAT ARE THESE SMALL, REDDISH-BROWN BEETLES IN MY NEW HOUSE?

You may be dealing with foreign grain beetles.

The foreign grain beetle feeds on mold that sometimes occur inside walls of newly built homes. During construction, moisture invariably wets wood and becomes trapped in walls, thereby allowing mold to grow. The beetles find this mold and begin breeding. Then months or even a year later, the adults start emerging, sometimes in large numbers.

Eventually, the walls dry out, the mold die and so do the beetles. In the meantime, a pest control company can use a dry residual dust product to treat beneath baseboards and the voids behind electric outlets, which can reduce the number of beetles.

Contact a professional company, like Terminix, to positively identify the beetles involved and to make treatment recommendations.

WHAT ARE THESE REDDISH-BROWN BUGS SHAPED LIKE A GRAIN OF RICE IN MY CABINETS?

You may be dealing with flour beetles or saw-toothed grain beetles. 

If you have a dog, you may be bringing them into your home inside dog food, dog biscuits, etc. The beetle population in these infested products grows and they move outside the dog products into other areas of your home.

To control flour beetles or saw-toothed grain beetles, do the following:

  • Go through all dried food goods and inspect for dead or live beetles.

  • Throw out all infested foods.

  • Store all such foods, including pet foods, in plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids. If you do bring home an infested product, the infestation will be contained to that one item, making it easier for you to tell the origin.

Contact a professional company, like Terminix, to positively identify the beetles involved and to make treatment recommendations.