Flour Beetle


formal_name
Chilopoda and Diplopoda
description
The flour beetles enjoy wheat and other grains and are adapted to survive in very dry environments. They have a voracious appetite for stored cereals and nuts, annually causing millions of dollars in damage.
color
Reddish Brown
legs
6
shape
Oval
size
1/8 of an inch
antenanae
yes
region
The red flour beetles are found more often in southern states. The confused flour beetle is seen in northern states.
habits
Red flour beetle flies and can invade via an outside food source.
habitat
They are common in processed grain. Their flattened body allows them to make their way into almost any package. Flour and other processed foods heavily infested by these beetles often develop a gray tint.
threats
They are a major pest in the agricultural industry and are highly resistant to insecticides.
prevention
Food products need to be inspected for signs of infestation, including cereals, and packaged dried foods.
catagories
Occassional Invader
pest_category_id
7
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