When you hear about the beetles invading, it’s not a step back in time to the singing group, it’s the insect kind that marches to its own beat.
Cigarette and Drugstore Beetles
Cigarette and drugstore beetles are common pests found in tropical and subtropical regions and have a reputation for their propensity for stored products. This includes a wide range of items including spices, grains, seeds, dried fruits, tobacco, beans, nuts, and more.
Adult beetles are adept at getting into stored food as well as the newly hatched babies that can get into packages through small pinpoint holes and even get into spices with lids. This can be especially problematic for businesses that prepare food and why a NJ restaurant pest control service is necessary to treat the area.
Female beetles are active and lay close to 100 eggs. This can take anywhere from 6 days to 20 days. Development of the babies can take from around three weeks to over 100 days and depends on temperature and food sources.
Depending on the number of females in one area and the hundreds of eggs being developed, it’s easy to understand how an infestation can occur. When this happens, stored food packages must be checked for beetles and if found, products must be discarded.
When dealing with an infestation, contact Stern Environment for fast and effective help from a professional NJ restaurant pest control service.