Sawtooth Grain Beetle

Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

This pest prefers to infest already-damaged grain products, as well as foodstuffs such as cereal, breads, or grains. They can lay eggs at a rate of 6-10 per day, and can quickly overtake a pantry. They are brown and have a characteristic saw-tooth pattern along their thorax. They typically require fumigation, which is best handled by the experts at Burns.

One of the most common pests of stored food is the sawtoothed grain beetle. As its name suggests, the beetle has the appearance of a saw with six projections on each side of its head. Its tiny body allows it to easily penetrate sealed food boxes and packages in homes and grocery stores. It commonly feeds on cereals, pet foods, birdseed, flour, nuts and spices. The presence of these invaders are typically discovered when homeowners find small beetles in pantry products or crawling around on countertops or shelving.

To prevent infestation from these pests it is important to effectively clean and eliminate all traces of food from the pantry and surrounding areas. Remember to:

  • Vacuum all cracks and crevices on the shelving, baseboards, and flooring to ensure no food particles remain
  • Seal any openings where pests can enter and exit
  • Contain all pet food and birdseed in an airtight container
  • Check every package for contamination and throw out any that have been breached
  • Store new food products in tightly sealed containers with lids

The final step of this process is to apply insecticide treatment to completely eliminate the pests. We strongly recommend contacting a professional for assistance with this step. Give us a call today at Burns – we will do the job right!