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Identification: The Sawtoothed Grain Beetle is about 1/8" long and brown in color. Their name derives from the saw-like teeth on each side of the prothorax.
Habits: A female sawtooth grain beetle can lay in excess of 250 eggs within an infested food. Their life cycle typically requires 30-40 days resulting in large populations in a short time. When large populations develop, adults are forced to leave in search of other food sources. The Sawtooth Grain Beetle will attack a wide variety of dry goods but mainly cereals, rice, flour cake mixes, pastas & nuts.
Control: The standard procedure for controlling all pantry pests is as follows: Discard all infested materials and sanitize the infested cabinets. After cleaning, a light hand spraying of the cabinets with the appropriately labeled pesticide is very effective in eliminating an infestation. All new materials should be stored in containers with tight-fitting lids. Monroe Pest Control Inc. specializes in riding these insects from your home. We offer free estimates and a full warranty upon completion of services!