Bug Archives: Carpet Beetle

What Is This Tiny Brown Bug? Maybe It Is A Drugstore Beetle…

Drugstore beetles come from a large beetle complex of families called the Bostrichoidea that are all very difficult to identify, even to the trained eye. Adults are little reddish-brown beetles about 1/8 inch long. The head is almost totally concealed from view when looking down at the beetle’s back. When viewing from the side, you can see that the head is tucked underneath the prothorax (the segment behind the head) giving it a hunch-backed appearance. The over-all body shape is oval. The head, prothorax and elytra (wing covers) of drugstore beetles are covered in tiny, fine hairs, which are arranged in rows on the wing covers. The larvae are c-shaped, creamy white grubs with a dark head capsule.

The length and timing of the lifecycle for drugstore beetles is dependent on food and temperature. The complete lifecycle can range from two to seven months long. After mating, females lay up to 75 eggs. The newly hatched larvae feed for two to twenty months, depending on the environmental conditions. Pupation lasts for two to three weeks. Adults can live quite long, up to 65 days.

Drugstore beetles commonly feed on dried, stored products like: flour, dry mixes, chocolate, spices, dried herbs, cookies, stored grains and dried fruits and vegetables. Other edible items that this beetle has been found feeding on include: wool, leather, horns, hides, books, and wood. More amazing food items include drugs, toxins, such as strychnine powder, and tin cans! Much like wood-eating organisms, drugstore beetles contain symbiotic yeast that helps them digest these ‘food’ items. This yeast can produce complex nutrients such as B vitamins that make it possible for this beetle to eat junk.

Because they can survive with such interesting diets, an infestation can be difficult to get rid of if these beetles go unchecked for some time. Watch for accumulation of beetles at windowsills. Most samples coming into the office are from curious customers who collected adult beetles from windowsills in autumn. Look for adult beetles in stored food products regularly. Monitoring for the grubs is difficult due to their small size and secretive habits. The most common discovery of drugstore beetles in the grub stage is following the bad taste from your spoonful of morning cereal. Regularly check boxed cereals, mixes and grains, for small shot holes chewed through the sides. Look for small piles of dust and debris coming from containers and bags.

Pesticides are not generally recommended or needed to remedy a drugstore beetle infestation. If the infestation were bad enough to warrant an insecticide, it would be worth calling a A1 Exterminators. Most infestations can be managed by diligence. Careful shopping, cleaning and food storage habits will rid you of your pantry pest problems.

Should We Say Goodbye to Any Bugs You May Have Seen??

Well, the last couple days have been really nice out but the forecast for today and tomorrow seem to bring us back to winter. This last week almost felt like the groundhog was wrong; children were out playing basketball and riding bikes, kids ripping their coats off and parents out for walks. But it doesn’t look the same for this weekend, with possible signs of snow today and tomorrow, any insects that may have roamed around on you porch will be out of sight. But not for long! It looks as of now that all next week will be high 40’s and sunny, will we have an early spring? Keep your eyes open, do you see any ants, bees, maybe ladybugs? Spring is just around the corner, officially 5 ½ weeks away, and the first signs of spring are flowers and insects.
If you want to get an early start with pest control give us a call and we can plan an initial pest prevention survey, http://www.a1exterminators.com/index.html

Spring in February

So the weather was beautiful yesterday and looks to be about the same today so don’t be surprised if you happen to see signs of spring insects soon. No, it’s not spring yet, and yes we still have about 6 more weeks or so of winter according to Punxsutawney Phil, but 6 weeks can fly by. So start to get ready for termites, bedbugs, mice, flies, ants, wasps, roaches, asian lady beetles and lots more. Insects that have over wintered become active and swarm in the spring, especially ants and termites, for starters.

If you have started to see signs of spring insects contact A1 Exterminators today,


Super Bowl Sunday!!

Yes, Super Bowl Sunday is tomorrow, and with the Patriots in the Super Bowl this year I am sure we will all be watching. But what is the thing we most of us love most about Super Bowl Sunday? The commercials!

And a surprising fact about the Super Bowl Sunday Commercials, there is more times than not, at least 1 commercial based around bugs as the selling point. That’s right, bugs; there has been talk of using insects in this year’s Chevrolet Volt Ad during Super Bowl.  What about last year, using black beetles during the Volkswagon commercial or in 2009 the insect kingdom in the coca cola commercial.

 It seems more years than not we use insects in our commercial, I haven’t yet figured out why, is it because we have all seen them, and we all know how to react to them? Yes, the polar bear coca cola commercials always reminds me of Christmas, the first time I see one I know Christmas is here, but a polar bear, most people have never really seen one, and yes, polar bears remind us of the north pole.

But insects, that is something we all have seen, in the sidewalk cracks, on your porch, in the trees in your garden and sometimes, unfortunately, in your home.

 And when you happen to see them in your home, give us a call, A1 Exterminators, we can take care of your insect problems right away. http://www.a1exterminators.com/

So sit back and relax, watch our Patriots win this year’s Super Bowl, and when you are done, clean up your snacks, so those insects on the screen don’t try to find a place to live in your home. And if they do, remember A1 Exterminators.

Residential Pest Control Services

Initial Pest Prevention Survey

We inspect your home, identifying existing and potential problems.

We Treat All Unfinished Attic Areas

This treatment penetrates deep into eaves and inaccessible areas to control ants, silverfish, spiders, and free flying insects such as wasps and cluster flies.

We Only Apply the Most Effective Specifically Selected Products

Treatments are applied in the cracks and crevices where pests live and breed, keeping your family and home protected from unwanted invaders.

We Apply A Protective Barrier

Around the entire outside perimeter of your home to deter and control crawling insects from entering your home.

We Install Specially Designed Traps

And tamper resistant rodent stations in the basement to control invading rodents.

Termite Early Warning System

Termite monitoring devices will be installed around the perimeter of your home to aid in the early detection of termites.

On-Going Protection

Our pest prevention plan provides you with on-going protection and includes (3) visits per year.

Should you encounter any problems, just give us a call and we will retreat any problem areas without additional charge.

Call A1 at 1-800-525-4825 (1-800-499-5866 for Cape Cod) to solve your pest management problems!