How to Get Rid of Drugstore Beetles
The drugstore beetle is a small insect that belongs to the family of beetles known as Anobiidae. It is also called the biscuit beetle or the bread beetle. The drugstore beetle has a reddish-brown color and a cylindrical body that is about 2 to 3.5 mm long. The drugstore beetle can be distinguished from other similar beetles by its antennae, which have three enlarged segments at the end.
The drugstore beetle can be found in many regions of the world, especially in temperate and tropical climates. It can infest a wide range of stored products, such as grains, cereals, spices, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, herbs, drugs, leather, wool, and books. The drugstore beetle can also feed on animal products, such as hair, horn, and feathers.
The drugstore beetle reproduces by laying eggs in the food material that it infests. The eggs hatch into larvae that feed on the same material and grow for several weeks. The larvae then pupate inside cocoons made of food particles and silk. The adult beetles emerge from the cocoons and mate. The life cycle of the drugstore beetle can take from 40 to 300 days, depending on the temperature and humidity.