The cigarette beetle is shiny, light brown, about 1/10 of an inch long with a barely visible, bent down head, which gives it a distinctive “humped” appearance. Although originally named for its propensity to burrow in dry tobacco, the cigarette beetle found in Shorewood and throughout Milwaukee infests food products like dried peppers, nuts, cereals, spices, raisins, seeds and dried flours and pet food. Cigarette beetles also love munching on floral displays and their larvae will sometimes feed on furniture stuffing. Around Shorewood, adult cigarette beetles can be found flying in dimly lit environments year-round, especially in autumn and winter. If you’ve seen them around your house, it’s time to introduce them to our pest control specialists.
Dried Fruit Beetle
The dried fruit beetle is an oval-shaped, black insect with amber or yellow spots on its wings, legs, and antennae. They are usually about 1/8 inch long and are found all over the world—particularly around fruit producing facilities. These beetles love ripened and dried fruits, figs, dates and raisins. Females deposit over 1,000 white eggs on ripening fruit trees, which cause infestations in fruit processing facilities before the fruit is ever processed or stored. Dried fruit beetles can contaminate fruit with bacteria and other diseases. We rarely encounter these beetles, although they have been occasionally found in homes throughout the area.
The drugstore beetle is a reddish-brown to dark brown, sphere-shaped beetle measuring 1/10 to 1/8 inches. It has a non-visible, humped-over head. Named for its tendency to infest medicines, powders and foodstuffs sold in drugstores, it also feeds on spices, cereals, pet food and other dried foods. Although usually found chomping away in packaged goods inside pantries, our pest control experts note that their presence is often detected by damaged book bindings (something else they find tasty). Drugstore beetles are found worldwide, although they usually only make an appearance in our area during the warmer months.
Foreign Grain Beetle
The foreign grain beetle is reddish-brown, measuring between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch. Foreign grain beetles feed on the surface fungi accumulating on wood beams and studs exposed to moisture. Months later hundreds of foreign grain beetles emerge from ceiling light fixtures, electrical outlets, and baseboards. This process also occurs in older buildings with bad drainage, water leaks, or poor ventilation conducive to fungus and mold growth. Foreign grain beetles are known to eat moldy, out-of-date grain products like cereals, grains, flours, beans, biscuits, dates, and much more. Our Milwaukee pest control services will evict them for good.
The larder beetle is a ¼ to ½ inches long, black beetle with yellow bands crossing its wings. It is named after its tendency to infest commercial and industrial sites where there is cured meat, animal protein and other stored foods. In homes, larder beetles infest dark areas where they can feast on dead insects and stored meat and cheeses, though pet food, and animal skins, horns and feathers are also on its menu. Our exterminators often find them in attics and crawlspaces feasting on dead rodents, birds, and insects. We have encountered them from downtown Milwaukee to Shorewood and nearby communities.
Red and Confused Flour Beetle
These are actually two types of beetles, although both are reddish-brown and measure about ⅛ inches long with flattened bodies that make it easy for them to get into food packages. The difference between the two is that red flour beetles fly and prefer warmer states, whereas the confused flour beetle doesn’t fly and resides in the north. Both types of beetles feed on the flour, cereal, and stored food products found in homes, supermarkets and food processing facilities. Flour beetles are scavengers, incapable of feeding on whole grains until another insect penetrates the kernels first. If you notice a grayish tint on your grain and flour products, there’s a good chance you may have an infestation. The food product may also have an unpleasant odor from the secretions flour beetles emit. Around the North Shore neighborhoods like Shorewood, we primarily deal with infestations of confused flour beetles.
Sawtoothed & Merchant Grain Beetle
Sawtoothed & merchant grain beetles are brown to dark brown, measuring about 1/10 inches long. Sawtoothed grain beetles do not fly, while merchant grain beetles do. Both beetles enjoy foods high in oils and fats, as well as pastas, tobacco, grains, dried fruits, rice, cereal, and much more. The diverse appetite of these beetles makes them two of the most commonly found pests in supermarkets, homes and warehouses throughout the US. Sawtoothed and merchant grain beetle infestations are often detectable by their tendency to penetrate every food package or stored food in an entire area. Ehlers has come to the rescue of many homeowners and businesses with beetle infestations.
Warehouse & Cabinet Beetle
Warehouse & cabinet beetles are oval-shaped and dark brown with varying shades of tan and yellow wing markings, measuring ⅛ to ¼ inches long. These beetles frequent warehouses to fulfill their ravenous appetites, consuming everything from candy and cookies to fish meal, pasta, and insect and animal carcasses. Both of these beetle types thrive hroughout the United States and in seaports worldwide. Warehouse beetles are one of the most common beetles found in homes, feeding on rodent and insect carcasses, animal fur, wool, skin, and feathers—usually in basements, attics, and crawlspaces. The larger cabinet beetle is a known seed collection pest and is typically found in piles of corn, rice, and wheat as well as in wool clothing. With a natural affinity for the outdoors and superb flying ability, warehouse and cabinet beetles often evade less experienced pest exterminators. However, they are no match for our pest control experts.