Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Fall



0.1 - 0.2 inch

Inch Long



What do Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles look like?

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.

What are the signs of Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles?

Saw-toothed grain 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.

What Damage do Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles cause?

Any food that has been infested by saw-toothed grain beetles or other pantry pests should be tossed in the garbage.

How do you prevent Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles?

Take the following precautions to prevent saw-toothed grain beetles:

  • 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.

How do I get rid of Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles?

Use preventative measures to remove and control a saw-toothed grain beetle infestation:

  • Throw away infested food.
  • Clean your pantry with a vacuum to remove any beetles and crumbs.
  • Store food products in tightly sealed glass or plastic containers.
  • Store pet food in containers with a lid.

Can Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles hurt me?

Saw-toothed grain beetles are not dangerous to humans but will contaminate and damage food.

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