When it comes to removing beetles from properties, we have discovered that the most effective solution is to locate the infested materials and food sources. From there, our technicians can decide the best form of pest control to address the situation. At AAA Pest Control, we offer the following solutions for pest problems:

Biological pest control (natural repellents and predators).
Eliminate breeding grounds, food sources, etc.
Mechanical pest control (erecting physical barriers).
Chemical and natural pesticides.

Cigarette Beetles

As their name implies, cigarette beetles generally consume stored tobacco. However, they have been known to feed off of a variety of other products. These insects are very small, growing only as long as 2-5 millimeters in length. They have oval shaped bodies with brown color and they generally prefer subdued light or cloudy days.

Identification:

A way to know if you have cigarette beetles on your property is if you see tiny holes in any packaging or debris made by adult beetles or larvae. If the infestation is not located and removed quickly, their broad feeding habits will cause them to do significant harm to your property. Commercial businesses have been known to loose their whole stock of tobacoo products because they did not remove the infestation in time.

Drugstore Beetles

Drugstore beetles are roughly the same size as cigarette beetles. These beetles have flat heads, oval, narrow bodies, and are attracted to a number of food products. While pet food is often their most common food source, other products like cereal, spices, flour, paper, leather, books, and herbs can also appear on the menu.

Identification:

Drugstore beetles are willing to burrow through wood to reach their food sources. These insects are willing to chew paths through two-by-fours to reach their desired food source. Homes and buildings have been found to contain large infestations of these insects and they can be difficult to remove without the assistance of a professional pest control company.

How Do I Know If I Need Beetle Pest Control?

Some pest infestations are insignificant enough that over-the-counter means are completely sufficient for addressing the problem. Other times, the circumstances of the infestation are serious enough to require the attention of a professional pest control company. Here are some questions that can be asked to determine if professional pest control services are necessary for your beetle infestation:

Is the infestation widespread?
Does the infestation violate property policies?
Have previous attempts to eliminate the infestation been unsuccessful?
Are the beetles destroying property?
Are you unable to locate the source or extent of the infestation?
If ‘yes’ is your answer to any of these questions, then contacting a pest control company is in your best interests. It’s time to remove these pesky insects from your property and see it restored to its original integrity.