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Stored Product Pests

Moths and beetles make up the majority of the stored product pests found in residential, commercial, industrial and food handling/processing buildings. Stored product pest can damage and infest a wide variety of stored products including grains, flour, sugar, pastas and garments. Moths range in size from 1/4 to 5/8 inches in length and beetles can be 1/16 to 3/8 inches in length. There are several common species of stored product pests. Cigarette beetles, drugstore beetles, saw-toothed grain beetles, red and confused flour beetles, warehouse beetles, Indian meal moth, angoumois grain moth, warehouse moth, Mediterranean flour moth and rice moths to name a few.

Additional Information

Life Cycle - Both moths and beetles go through egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages of the life cycle. The larvae have various numbers of molts before pupating, depending on the species.

Life Cycle (Indian Meal Moth)
Life Cycle (Indian Meal Moth)
Mealworm Life Cycle
Life Cycle (Darkling Beetles)

Common Species

Life Cycle (Indian Meal Moth)
Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)
Tobacco Beetle or Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne)
Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne)
Drugstore Beetle (Stegobium paniceum)
Drugstore Beetle (Stegobium paniceum)