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What do Mealworms look like?

Although they resemble worms, mealworms are actually the larval stage of darkling beetles. Mealworms are yellowish in color with dark brown bands, have two antennae and six small, jointed legs.

What are the signs of Mealworms?

Mealworms are pantry pests (also referred to as stored product pests) which are attracted to light. They are usually found in cereals or other products and ingested. They feed on collections of grain, grain dust, and cereal products. Poor sanitary conditions and high moisture content are likely to lead to an infestation.

What Damage do Mealworms cause?

Mealworm larvae will chew holes in styrofoam, fiberglass, and polystyrene insulation panels in the walls of poultry houses. The resulting damage can cause increased heating bills and additional building repair costs when the infested area is replaced.

How do you prevent Mealworms?

When purchasing food at the grocery store, carefully inspect boxes and packaging for rips and tears. Do not buy damaged products.
Store flour, cereals and other pantry items in sealed containers once opened.
Use older products first so they do not sit on the shelf.
Eliminate moisture build-up by making sure that gutters are working properly and that any leaky pipes or faucets are repaired.

How do I get rid of Mealworms?

Mealworms don’t carry any diseases harmful to humans, although one study indicated that they may act as an asthma sensitizing agent

Can Mealworms hurt me?

Mealworms are not considered dangerous although they do infest and contaminate food. In many cases, they are fed to pets including reptiles and birds.

What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

Our trained pest control professionals will identify the insect and develop a treatment plan to help you get rid of mealworms and other pantry pests if necessary. Schedule your free estimate or simply call us to discuss your pest problem.