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Apr 12, 2012 5:38 PM

Id for this beetle please

Hi,

These beetles appear in our food cupboard periodically. I assume they are larder beetles, but I don't know how to get rid of them succesfully.

I saw a mention of residual pesticides, but I'm not sure an example is and whether using it in a food cupboard would be safe.

Thanks for your help

IanG

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    Apr 12, 2012 9:43 PM (in response to Ian-G)
    Re: Id for this beetle please

    I think this is a Scolytid beetle - one of the 'bark beetles' so-called because their larvae burrow under the bark of trees, generally causing injury or death.  The adults can be found indoors sometimes after they emerge from the tree.  Do you live near a wooded area?  It doesn't look like one of the Dermestidae, which are the beetles which infest stored food in the kitchen.

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    Apr 13, 2012 9:51 AM (in response to Ian-G)
    Re: Id for this beetle please

    I have 'perked' the image up a little and inserted below. It's looking like The Bread beetle, Stegobium paniceum, which would indicate that you have an infested product in your food cupboards. They feed on a great variety of stored products including herbs and spices and are usually introduced to your home through purchase of an infested product. Find the source, throw it out and check that other foodstuffs are not affected and all be well in the kitchen cupboard again.

     

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