Rice weevils are not a threat to humans but they are to your food.
Rice weevils are a small insect ranging between 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long. They have been found to be between brown to black in color and can have spots on their thorax and abdomen. As their name obviously suggests, they really enjoy rice, however, rice isn’t the only thing they enjoy. Rice weevils are known to eat dried beans, cotton, nuts, cereal, any wheat product, corn, flour, pasta, bread and other grain products found in most any home. Rice weevils are even known to go outside of the pantry to eat product not meant to be food like fabrics in clothing and furniture. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your rice weevil problem.
Granary weevils are also called grain weevils or wheat weevils and are closely related to the rice weevil. Granary weevils easily stand out with their reddish-brown color looking like a beetle. They are cylinder shaped and average between 3 and 5 mm in length. The larvae of granary weevils are the ones that unleash the most damage. Granary weevils enjoy grains and a variety of dried foods but they can also consume fabrics and books and even wallpaper. Adult granary weevils lay eggs in food and can release eggs rapidly to bring upon a new generation of contaminators. Unfortunately for homeowners, the presence of weevils is nearly impossible to detect until there is a massive number crawling around in your food storage. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your granary weevil problem.
Grain borers can do a lot of damage to stored food which can be costly to replace. There are two types of grain borer that are notable: the lesser grain borer and the larger grain borer. Both species look similar and have similar biological traits, the main difference is their size. They have 3 large segments on their antennae and are usually reddish in color. They also have a humped thorax which covers the head and their front has teeth like indentions. Lesser Grain Borers are about 1/8 of an inch long; Larger Grain Borers are about 1/4 of an inch long. Both species enjoy the same types of food they find in homes. Grain borers may enter the home by being accidently pre-packaged at commercial food packing facilities which they invade to feast on grains. While they enjoy grains, they aren’t picky with their diet and will eat just about anything, from furniture to fabrics and paper. If you have grain borers in your home, you must take action fast or risk significant damage and contamination. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your grain borer problem.
The drugstore beetle has a very wide appetite and isn’t too picky. Oval-shaped, brown in color and between 2.5 to 3 mm long, drugstore beetles closely resemble the cigarette beetle, another pantry pest. The main difference that distinguishes the two bugs are that the antennae of the drugstore beetle has a distinct three segmented club structures compared to the cigarette beetles serrated antenna, and their wings have deep grooves.
Drugstore beetles are also called biscuit beetles or bread beetles. They enjoy a broad range of dried stored foods but can also eat non-food items such as paper from books and wool, fur, leather and museum specimens. Drugstore beetles are rather strong in that they can drill through wood to get to food they are craving. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your drugstore beetle problem.
Oval-shaped, brown in color and between 1/8th of an inch long, cigarette beetles closely resemble the drugstore beetles. Cigarette beetles are not limited to just tobacco products as they will invade packaged foods and grains as well. Cigarette beetles seem to munch endlessly, eating seeds, seasonings like pepper and paprika and dried flower arrangements.
Cigarette beetles can be a bit tough to control with insecticides because they are also known to eat pyrethrum which is the main active ingredient found in a variety of pesticides. Cigarette beetles commit most of their damage while they are in their larvae stage. Female cigarette beetle can lay up to 100 eggs on the food sources where they gather at and when hatched, the larvae become hungry insatiable destroyers. Adult cigarette beetles are tremendous flyers and can come into the house and begin creating havoc in pantries. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your cigarette beetle problem.
Most grain beetles measure between 2 and 3 mm in length and appear reddish brown or dark brown in color. Typically, grain beetles appear to be slightly flattened. Some of the more common grain beetle species found around the country are clearly identifiable from the six projections on the thorax that look like saw blades. Certain types of grain beetles, like the sawtooth grain beetle also possess large outstanding eyes, which make the grain beetles head shape on the pointier side compared to other pantry pests. Grain beetles may enter the home by being inadvertently pre-packaged at commercial food packing facilities which they invade to feast on grains. The larvae of grain beetles are particularly damaging, being able to burrow into softer packaging like cardboard to get to their meals. While they enjoy grains, grain beetles will eat just about anything, from furniture to clothing fabric and wallpaper. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your grain beetle problem.
There are several species of flour beetles that are notorious for invading food storage areas which include the confused flour beetle, the red flour beetle, the broadhorned flour beetle among others. Adult flour beetles measure between three and four millimeters in length and appear reddish brown in color. Flour beetles don’t like to eat or lay eggs in grain, but rather do so in flour and cereal products. Flour beetles often infest mills and food processing facilities which may possibly be the reason they made their way to your home, by being accidently packed into a food product package at such a factory. Flour beetles won’t limit themselves to flour though as they are known to devour a variety of foods like dried fruits, sunflower seeds, cornmeal, crackers, cereals, rice, wheat, oats, wheat bran, beans, chocolate, legume seeds, powdered milk, spices, pet food, livestock feed, birdseed, cottonseed, dried flowers and even poisonous baits. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your flour beetle problem.
Pantry pests such as the Indian mealmoth can infest your pantry and because they can fly, they can be a challenge to get rid of.
While Indian mealmoths can find their way into your pantry to eat your grains and flour, they can also be brought home from the grocery store in any type of wheat or grain pre-packaged item. Indian mealmoths are the most common of all pantry pests. Indian mealmoths typically have two pairs of wings and can vary in size. These mealmoths are known for being bright colored with varying shades of grey or brown to reddish brown.
Moths are at their worst in the larval stage which is the stage when they do the most damage, devouring (and contaminating) dried foods in your pantry. The larvae stage of the Indian mealmoth is when the mealmoth is a caterpillar. They are cream colored worms with shades of yellow, pink, green, or brown and grow to 1/2 inch long. These pests contaminate more food than they eat. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your Indian mealmoth problem.
ANGOUMOIS GRAIN MOTH
A pantry pest that is a troublesome problem for crop growers and agricultural farmers is a bug known as the Angoumois Grain Moth. Angoumois grain moths have small wings in their front that are yellowish colored and a wingspan of 3/16 inch. A distinguishing characteristic unique to this moth is a narrow projection that extends from the tip of the back wing. Fully-grown larvae are usually yellowish-white and have yellowish-brown head about a 1/8th of an inch long. Populations can very quickly get out of control because of how frequently the adult females lay eggs. These bugs are most prevalent during warm weather conditions. While fresh kernels of corn happen to be their favorite food of choice, they also enjoy rice, barley, sorghum, millet, wheat and dried, shelled corn. If they happen to invade households, they like to eat popcorn kernels that are stored in pantries. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your grain moth problem.
The almond moth derives its name from the fact that it enjoys eating almonds as well as a variety of other nuts that are stored in pantries like walnuts and peanuts. Adult almond moths are usually gray with a wingspan of about ½ to ¾ of an inch. Their wings are brownish- or blackish-gray with the wing base lighter than the wing tip. Fully-grown larvae are cream colored and have stripes. It is during this larvae stage that almond moths do the most damage. Female moths lay between 200 to 400 eggs which are as small as that head of a pin and once hatched, almond moth larvae will begin to ravage food around them. Items contaminated by the almond moth usually have a silk-like webbing left behind. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your almond moth problem.