Identification: The adult confused flour beetle is about 1/8" in length. It has a flat reddish brown body. The antennae are club like (gradually getting larger near the end).
Habits: The confused flour beetle is often mistaken as a red flour beetle hence the name confused flour beetle. The female beetle will lay 2-3 eggs per day and live 2-3 years. The confused flour beetle has been known to infest grains, grain by-products, beans, spices, chocolate, and rodent baits.
Control: The standard procedure for controlling all pantry pests is as follows:
Discard all infested materials and clean the infested cabinets. After the cabinets have been cleaned 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 Co., Inc. can eliminate a infestation in one visit and we warranty our work.