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Saw-Tooth Grain Beetles

What do saw-toothed grain beetles look like?

saw toothed grain beetles found in a long island grocery store

Saw-toothed grain beetles are small, slender, and flat insects. They have six saw-like teeth around the front of their body.  They are dark brown and are approximately 1/8 of an inch long.

Saw-toothed grain beetle behaviors

These beetles feed on products that often staples of kitchen pantry and cupboards.  This includes flour, bread, breakfast cereals, macaroni, dried fruits, nuts, dried meats, sugar, dog food, and biscuits.  Saw-toothed grain beetles hide in cracks and crevices and often penetrate poorly sealed packaged foods.  These beetles do not fly. They are attracted to light.

Are saw-toothed beetles dangerous?

No, saw-toothed grain beetles are not dangerous to humans but any food that has been infested by these beetles or other pantry pests should be tossed in the garbage.

Can Suburban help get rid of a saw-toothed grain beetle problem?

Yes, Suburban Exterminating offers pest control services for Long Islanders that will help resolve infestations in your home or business.  Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options for saw-toothed grain beetles or click here to schedule your free estimate.

Saw-toothed grain beetle prevention tips

  • Inspect food packaging for holes or rips. Do not purchase items that have been damaged or opened.
  • Store opened dry goods in sealed containers.
  • Throw out pantry items that are expired or look damaged.

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