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Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Color: It is usually black with a yellow band across the wing covers. There are several dark spots in the yellow area.

Size: The larder beetle is a large oval insect. The adult is about 7 to 9 mm long.

Adult larder beetles overwinter outdoors as well as indoors in walls.

While larder beetles love our larders, they can also be found in the bark of trees – particularly in the cooler winter months. As mentioned, larder beetles have wings that allow them to fly. They can travel great distances and commonly retreat to trees in winter.

Larder beetles especially like dog food – surprising but true. This means that in addition to the pantry, they can also be found living happily within barns or dog kennels. Bacon and cured meats, hides, feathers, and beeswax are all favorites of the Larder Beetle, though these are rarely kept in pantries. The larvae of the larder beetle will eat bones, wool, fabric that has been stained with blood or sweat, fur, abandoned bird or rodent nests, and stored tobacco – quite a bizarre variety of food sources.

Major injury occurs from larval feeding and the boring of the larvae before pupation. Larder beetles will attack stored ham, bacon, other meats, cheeses, tobacco, dried fish, dried museum specimens, and pet foods, for example. The larvae will bore into any commodity containing meat products; they have also been known to bore into structural timbers. Tests have shown that they can bore into lead with ease and tin with some difficulty. The boring is for the purpose of providing a protected place for pupation, not for feeding.

If a source of larder beetles can be determined than control can be achieved by discarding or cleaning infested woolens, feathers, furs, hides and so forth. However, in the more typical, general infestation the source is probably the dead insects within the inner wall spaces and removal or sanitation is not practical. Cleaning is still recommended. Thoroughly vacuum clean cracks and crevices in the areas where larder beetles are found.

MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND TREATMENT FOR Larder Beetle CONTROL

Pests need food, water, and shelter. Often the problem may be solved just by removing these key items. Before even thinking about chemical pest control, it is important to be aware of Pest’s Conducive conditions & It’s Recommendations.

Pesticides can be purchased in many different forms, each form has specific uses and application methods The pesticide application method you choose depends on the nature and habits of the target pest, the properties of the pesticide, the suitability of the application equipment, and the cost and efficiency of alternative methods. Your choice is often predetermined by one or more of these factors. Follow label directions for volume recommendations and application rates based on the pest to be controlled and utilize appropriate application tips on equipment. , these application methods are for informational purposes only. To know specific applications method/s for the product you buy, please refer actual packages for complete Label Verbiage.

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