Super Roach Unmasked

Face-To-Face_With_RoachWe all know that the most sly and sneaky creepy crawler out there is the cockroach. This bug will eat our pizza or snickers bar if open and left out; it will even raid our pantries and refrigerators. Over a span of many years this bug has put up quite a resistance in the war against mankind. The roach is one of the most exterminated bugs by pest control professionals, but in the 1990’s in Florida, some of the exterminator’s tricks stop working. This was because the roaches developed a trick of their own; ditching their sweet tooth.

One of the professional tactics used against cockroaches is baiting them with a sweet, sugary poison. In the 90’s when this bait stopped working, researchers started speculating about this seemingly invincible pest. How had the bug avoided the sweet scent and taste of the concoction? Researchers from Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal looked into that very question.

The Findings

Using the common German cockroach, researchers studied the reason for this change in roach behavior. Roaches use taste hairs all over their bodies instead of taste buds to taste their food. Researchers focused on the taste hairs around their mouths and two types of nerve cells that transmit signals to the brain. One of these transmits the taste of bitterness, while the other transmits the taste of sweetness. When the brain received the sweet signal, the roaches were, of course, inclined to eat the substance, and when it received a signal of bitterness, the roaches laid off. The three researchers from North Carolina determined that glucose, which is the main ingredient used in most sugary products, stimulates the bitter receptor in the roach’s brain.

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Entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, and Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis who were not involved in the research, made some remarks on the findings.

Buczkowski said, “We lose baits all the time.”  He expanded by saying that the bug industry has to keep up with the evolution of these bugs in order to maintain the effectiveness of their products. New poisons are constantly developed, because cockroaches and other pests become resistant to the poison, just as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

The findings now explain that it wasn’t an ineffective poison, or that the roaches developed immunity to it. The cockroaches simply changed their genetic make-up and lost the attraction to glucose. Now some roaches are passing off this gene and evolving into some sort of super roach.

Walter S. Leal says, “Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application five years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years.”

These results seem to be well on their way to helping the pest control industry and mankind in general to keep a leg up on the evolving cockroach.

4 Home Remedy Recipes For Ant Control

Ant_PileDealing with unwanted pests is one of the biggest challenges you may face as a homeowner. The challenge is even more daunting if you’re trying to deal with ants inside your home and around your yard. They can be tough to get rid of!

If you are seeing ants of any kind, including little black ants, piss ants, fire ants, pavement ants, or pharaoh ants; try these easy do-it-yourself home ant control remedies:

1. Ant Dust Repellent

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Dried Mint Flakes
  • ¼ Cup Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Rock Dust (From Nursery)
  • 1 Cup Garlic Powder
  • 1 Package Dry Enchilada Sauce Mix
  • 1 Cup Organic Alfalfa Meal
  • 1/2 Cup Cayenne Pepper

Directions 

Mix all seven ingredients together in large paper bag. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you are seeing ants on your property. This mixture will not exterminate the ants, but instead will create a protective barrier that will keep the ants away. Be careful to not get the mixture in your eyes.

2. Homemade Ant Bait

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons Honey
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Boric Acid.

Directions

Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of ant bait near foraging ants. They will not only eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days.

Cat_Food3. Ant Bait 

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup Grape Jelly
  • 1 Small Can Wet Cat Food
  • 1 Teaspoon Boric Acid

Directions

Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of ant bait near foraging ants. They will not only eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days.

4. Simple Ant Spray

Bouquet_Of_AntsIngredients

  • 2 Liters Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Soap Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon natural castile soap (citrus oil and vegetable oils)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large spray bottle. Shake. Spray ants and outdoor areas that have been affected by the ants.

Ant Control

If you a being plagued by troublesome ants, try these homemade ant control recipes. If they don’t work, or for more serious ant infestations, it’s time to enlist the services of a qualified ant control professional.

Red, White, & Blue Bugs That Will Terrorize Your Independence Day

Every year we hear threats here and there against our country, but the biggest threats are right in our back yard. Pests like ants, beetles, and termites can truly terrorize homeowners year round. This fourth we want you to feel protected from these colorful bugs that can infiltrate your home.

Blazing Red Fire Ants

Fire_Ant

Hotter than your barbecue and chipotle chicken, Fire ants can be disastrous pests to crash your 4th of July celebration. Fire ants are extremely aggressive and territorial. They are well known for their harsh sting, which is unique to this pest. Avoid getting stung, or you’ll really have blazing chicken legs! The queen can produce up to 1,600 eggs per day, and colonies establish themselves quickly. Whether it’s on the grill or inside your home, Bulwark Exterminating will put out any blaze.

Tiny White Termites

Closeup on termites going in and out of their tunnel

While white may be a symbol for peace, there is nothing peaceful about finding termites on your property. Termites can wreak havoc on a home and go unnoticed for years. These pesky insects have a special diet consisting of all things wood. This includes the structure of your home and any wooden furniture nearby. These pests won’t just steal your hot dog; they’ll steal the stick too. Bulwark is here to terminate these pests.

True Blue Blister Beetles

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One pest you know will definitely be at the firework show is the blister beetle. With a metallic blue pop, these beetles know how to protect themselves. Their name comes from their ability to release harmful chemicals that can cause blisters and irritation. Squashing one of these bugs will release the harmful toxin. Bulwark is here to keep the beetle show under control.

Happy Independence Day

Fireworks

Whether they’re red, white, or blue, every year bugs threaten to destroy the peace at your backyard picnic. Some have wings, some have stingers, and others are just flat out smelly. Whatever the trouble, Bulwark wants to ensure you have a great Independence Day. With the freedom to exterminate away, we will establish the Bulwark Barrier to bring peace and protection.

Happy fourth!

Pest Control Technician Of The Year Award

Pest Control TechDoes one of your pest control technicians have what it takes to be this year’s tech of the year? Does he or she go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of your customers? Are they passionate about what they do?

If so, PCT is looking for nominations for their annual technician of the year award. This award recognizes standout pest control service professionals in three categories: commercial pest control, residential pest control and termite control.

For 17 years, PCT’s Technician of the Year award recognizes the contributions of those frontline pest professionals working to protect food, health, property and the environment. The award is sponsored by BASF Pest Control Solutions.

Rules & Criteria

The pest control technician of the year award is an elite honor, given to those pest professionals that best exemplify extraordinary service. There are a few rules and criteria that applicants must adhere to:

  • Minimum 5 years in the industry.
  • Participation in industry educational meetings.
  • Exhibits excellence in safety, customer relations and leadership skills.
  • Active in community service.
  • Specify what category you are nominating the technician (residential, commercial or termite). 
  • All entry forms must be completed by owner, manager or technical/training director and companies may nominate more than one candidate. 

A PDF of the nomination form can be downloaded here.

You also can fill out the online nomination form.

Contact Brad Harbison with any questions at bharbison@giemedia.com.

Attributes Of Technician of The Year

Pest ServicemanIf you belief one of your pest control technicians is deserving of this distinguished tech of the year ward, the committee is looking for some of the following attributes:

  • Total number of years in the industry
  • Number of years with present company
  • Green considerations: How does this technician assist your company with its green initiatives; with examples of how this tech uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other company-wide green initiatives.
  • Background & training: job history, education, correspondence courses completed, educational seminars and classes attended, etc. are all taken into consideration.
  • Awards: (customer appreciation letters, industry colleague appreciation letters, newspaper clippings, etc.).
  • Community involvement.
  • Why the technician is worthy of award.
  • Evaluation of the technician’s performance in customer relations, leadership skills and safety.
  • Technician’s strengths.
  • Technician’s performance contributing to company success.
  • How technician deals with adversity.
  • Technician initiative.
  • Technician leadership and help.

Last Year’s Winners 

Residential category — Tony Decker, Scherzinger Pest Control, Cincinnati, Ohio

In a pest control career that spans 19 years, Decker has displayed a keen understanding of technology and operations, all while delivering flawless customer service. He plays an important role at Scherzinger as not only a technician but also an early adopter, testing new methodologies and products. He’s also been an invaluable mentor to new technicians.

Commercial category — Corky Long, Presto-X, Springfield, Mo.

Long has been entrusted with some the company’s largest — and most challenging accounts — including bakeries and pet food manufacturers. Presto-X has recognized Long’s abilities and has given him additional responsibilities, including fumigation and fogging work. Long routinely helps his clients prepare for third- party audits and has an outstanding record for receiving perfect scores on these audits.

Termite category — Shawn Svehla, Turner Pest Control, Jacksonville, Fla.

A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force Security Police, Svehla turned his attention to protecting people’s homes when he joined Turner Pest Control 13 years ago. Svehla’s area of expertise is managing and conducting residential and commercial termite pretreatments. He tackles his schedule with a steadfast approach and a focus on details. Svehla has excelled at the sometimes challenging task of working with builders – whose schedules fluctuate due to weather or delays from subcontractors.

Good Luck To This Year’s Applicants!

What You Need To Know About Argentine Ants

Argentine AntsWhat are Argentine ants? 

The Argentine ant is very small ant, only growing to be about 1/8 of an inch. They can, however, grow to be a huge problem if they infest your home.

What does the Argentine ant look like?

The Argentine ant will range in color from a dull gray-black, to a gray-brown color. They will have three different body segments call nodes; and will have six long skinny legs that come off the nodes. On the head there will be two long antennae.

What will the Argentine ant eat? 

The Argentine ant’s main food source is honeydew made from different bugs. They also like to eat foods high in protein, but love to eat sugar. Argentine ants will eat left out candy, fruit, cereal, eggs, juices, tuna, and anything else it can get a hold of.

Where do Argentine ants live and how big can the colony grow? 

These ants can be found in shallow nests under and around trees, walls, concert slabs, rocks, and piles of wood. Argentine ant colonies can have tens of thousands of worker ants, and any number queens. Most colonies can infest your home very quickly, because colonies will combine and double in size.

Linepithema humilis, Argentine ant

What will Argentine ants do? 

Argentine ants are always working on their colony. They do this by working on the nest, and by looking for food to service. A lot of time people will see the Argentine ants inside the home as the ants are looking for food.

Are Argentine ants a problem?

Since these ants are always building, they can become a huge problem at your home. They will start on the outside of the home and work there way inside. If these ants are not exterminated they will infest and cause a much worse problem.

If you are having problems with Argentine ants, get professional ant control!

Brown Recluse Or Wolf Spider?

For those living in spider infested areas, the first thing that comes to mind when we see a spider is, “It’s gonna kill me!” The reality is that most spiders can’t kill you. One of the common venomous spiders around is the brown recluse. This spider is easily confused with the wolf spider, but we are here today to make sure you know just what kind of pest you’re dealing with.

Physical Differences

Cornered Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider
Brown Recluse
Brown Recluse Spider

Their Basic Stuff

These spiders differ substantially in size and color. Measuring from ½ an inch to 2 inches in length, the wolf spider is much larger and more robust than the brown recluse which measures from a ¼ to ¾ of an inch. The wolf spider is also a darker shade of brown and gray, with tan and a mixture of colors and markings, while the brown recluse is one solid color either a light brown or tan. The legs will sometimes be a little lighter than the body, but in general the same color.

Brown recluse spiders are some of the few species to have only six eyes, seeing as the wolf spider has eight. The brown recluse has 3 pairs arranged laterally and the wolf spider has 3 rows of eyes in the center of its head. Shining a flashlight on the eyes of a wolf spider will cause a glow, which is a great identifying trait. This trait is a quick go to for identify the arachnids.

The Dark Mark

Their main physical difference is the violin shape on the brown recluse’s cephalothorax. Both these spiders are made of two principle body parts. The cephalothorax is the head part where the legs actually extend out from. The abdomen is the bottom “butt” part. The brown recluse has the violin marking on its cephalothorax and the wolf spider has random lines and marks on its abdomen, causing easy confusion with the spiders’ marks.

Other Fun Facts Between Friends

Using its great eyesight the wolf spider is a good and agile hunter. The brown recluse uses webs to hunt. They both like to hide out in garages, basements, and other dark and dry places. Neither of these guys are aggressive, but in contrast both are shy and will only bite if disturbed. Another tip for easy detection of a wolf spider is to check out its back carefully. Wolf spiders carry their spiderlings on their backs until the little guys are ready to hit the big world on their own.

While the wolf spider may be scary looking, it is definitely not as dangerous as the brown recluse. The brown recluse has an extremely poisonous bite and has been known to cause severe reactions in people. So if you’ve identified a brown recluse keep your distance and an eye on it. If either of these two species of crawlers is too much for you too handle be sure to call the spider control guys at Bulwark Exterminating.

Brown Recluse vs Wolf Spider

Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse

Wolf Spider

Wolf spider

¼ to ¾ inches ½ to 2 inches
6 eyes 8 eyes
Uniform brown color Various tan, brown, gray colors
Smaller, thinner Large, robust
Poisonous bite; may be severe Bite is non-threatening, may cause slight reaction
Has violin-shaped mark on cephalothorax Spiderlings commonly on back (abdomen)
Builds webs for prey Hunts for prey without webs
Found from central Texas to Georgia, and Nebraska to Indiana, including Kentucky and Ohio. Everywhere except the North Pole Area including most of Greenland, Northern Russia, and North Alaska.

Guide To Identifying A Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Infographic

7 Bug Super Skills

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1. Spider Silk

spider silk

Spider silk stronger than steel?!?!?! Maybe, maybe not?! The answer to this question is one of those that may never be answered. Comparing different factors of the two materials, it really is a toss up in regards to who comes out on top. The mere fact that a spider can produce anything that is comparable is simply extraordinary. Mass producing spider silk is extremely difficult. A spider normally only makes the amount of silk it requires and nothing more.

2. Beetle Super Strength

Dung Beetles

Dung beetles are known for their love of feces. Most dung beetles will roll up the feces and hide it away for their feast. The horned male of the species Onthophagus taurus is extremely strong, being able to pull over 1000 times its own body weight. This statistic certainly makes this beetle the strongest insect on the planet.

3. Firefly Code

firefly

Fireflies are remarkable critters. Their bioluminescence is beautiful and impressive, but how they use it is even more outstanding. The flashes and light-up sequences they emit are a sort of firefly Morse code. They have their own language visible to humans. Deciphering it is still a work in progress, but this phenomenon is definitely something to study.

4. Flight of the Bumblebee

bee flight

We all know that bees can fly, but for decades scientists and physicists had no idea just how they did. In 1934, it was calculated as aerodynamically impossible by French entomologists August Magnan and his assistant Andre Sainte-Lague. Bees are some of the larger flying insects, and their wings just shouldn’t be able to lift the hefty bug. In today’s scientific world, bee flight is explained, but is still a wonder. Bees flap their wings incredibly fast, and that along with their wing angles, makes the flight of a bumblebee a reality.

5. Super Speedy Desert Locust

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Some of the fastest recorded insects in the world are the desert locust. They can clock in at an impressive 20 mph. Most humans can average a 10-minute mile, so imagine being able to run 3 times faster than normal. These insects can fly more than 3 times faster than a human can run. This is for sure the definition of super speed in regards to bugs.

6. Math Whiz Cicadas

Cicada Swarm

Cicadas are the by far the insect world’s conquistador of arithmetic. These insects emerge every 13 or 17 years; all at the same time. You will not find a wondering cicada in year 9; no! They all somehow sync up to emerge together. This is quite the environmental advantage. Predators don’t have time to evolve a preference for cicadas. There prime number emergence also limits the amount of times they’ll be caught with a predator found of their skins.

7. Mantis Head Tricks

Green Praying Mantis

Pulling a fast one over on a praying mantis is no easy task. These insects can spot it all. They are able to rotate their heads 360 degrees; giving them an all-access pass to their environment. This in combination with the praying mantis’ stealthy hunting skills makes it a lethal predator in the insect world.

Women In The Bug World

Female TechnicianIn much of the labor force women are the minority. In the pest control industry, finding a female technician or sales representative is no easy task. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2011 only 3.7 percent of the employees working in pest control were women, easily categorizing this as a non-traditional occupation for women. Donna Milgram, executive director of the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science has spoken about the issue and offers valuable insight in regards to the situation.

Female Recruitment

Recruiting women in the pest control industry should be a key focus. It is also important for companies to encourage female referrals and promote current employees to refer their mothers, sisters, daughters, and female acquaintances. This is a benefit for all parties involved. The person that submits the referral is most likely awarded a sort of bonus for referring a qualified employee. The applicant is introduced into the job having an ally or mentor to help her be successful. Lastly, the company earns a well-equipped employee for the job. Some other techniques that Milgram encourages to attract female employees include:

  • Online advertising, posters, and flyers – having women testimonials, photos, and examples, along with key words and phrases.
  • Company web page specifically geared towards women – including content on why and how pest management is a good market for female employees, message from the CEO, and highlights on some of the top female professionals in the company.
  • FAQ sheet – that answers female friendly questions such as: What happens if I become pregnant? Is it safe to work with pesticides? Will I require training?
  • Press Release – describing the woman’s role in the company. Include photos and testimonials from female techs and sales reps.
  • Educational programs – meeting with advocates for high schools, colleges, and vocational programs can also help recruit.

Female Pest Control TechAppeals & Obstacles

A general technique that could be used to entice women is to focus on “the people.” “What appeals to a lot of females is helping someone,” explains Milgram. Anything that promotes care, building the home, and interacting with others pulls at a woman’s intuition.

On this note, promoting the technicians flexible work schedule would be a great incentive for women. Most companies allow techs to build their own routes as long as they service a certain amount of clients per week. This is a very appealing quality for a working mom and provider.

Some of the obstacles that pest control employers may face when hiring women are the “ick” factor and safety concerns. Tackling the “ick” problem is difficult, but having female testimonials is a great way to diminish it. Women also worry about their health and safety, especially when they are in their child-bearing years. The company should focus on using environmentally friendly IPM techniques and properly communicating their safety procedures and policies.

Another obstacle companies face is attracting younger females. Companies should promote pregnancy related policies that younger women are likely to be drawn to. Milgram says, “By law, you are required to treat pregnancy as a disability.” Companies may look to change the woman’s task to something more light duty or give her time off.

Countering the idea that a female cannot keep up with the physical demands of the job is also a struggle in the industry. Carts can be provided for moving the 30-pound backpack sprayers. They can also only be partially filled and just reloaded more often.

Female Pest ControlRetaining in Male-Dominated Jobs

“Whenever a woman is in a male-dominated industry, it’s not unusual for male workers to initially be reticent,” states Milgram. Companies should take initiative in the following ways to retain female employees:

  • Openly supporting female technicians
  • Relaying to current workers that new employees must be welcomed
  • Having a zero-tolerance policy on any type of harassment; no matter how minimal
  • Communicating company policy through staff meetings and internal newsletters

These things are essential in helping a woman feel comfortable in a male-dominated work environment. Actively promoting the employment of women in the industry can be difficult, but important. Milgram states, “I think that if pest management companies market the job so that it appeals to women’s interests, there will be a lot of women interested in the job.”

10 Super Famous Bugs

Here are 10 creepy crawlies named after famous celebrities:

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Schwarzenegger Beetle

English: Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2003

First discovered in 2002, the Agra schwarzeneggeri is a carabid beetle discovered in Costa Rica. It is named after Arnold for the beetle’s physique. It has bicep-like legs which remind scientists of Schwarzenegger.

2. Marilyn Monroe 

 

Crotalocephalus

Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the ...

Trilobites are extinct marine arthropods. The Norasaphus monroeae was named after actress Marilyn Monroe for its hourglass-like shape resembling the actress.

3. Bill Gates

 

Bill Gates' flower fly

Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum ,2007.

The flower fly Eristalis gatesi is found in the Costa Rican high montane cloud forests and is named after Microsoft founder Bill Gates because of his great contributions to the science of Dipterologvy.

4. Angelina Jolie 

 

Angelina Jolie Spider

 

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Alexander in...

The Aptostichus angelinajolieae is a trapdoor spider named after Angelina Jolie because of her work on the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

5. Bono 

 

Bono

The Aptostichus bonoi is a trapdoor spider found at Joshua Tree National Park in California. This prompted science to name the spider after U2’s singer Bono in honor of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

Click here to see the Top 10 Spiders Named After Celebrities. 

6. Nelson Mandela 

 

Specimen of a Hogna radiata, took in the South...

English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gaute...

 

The South African inspirational leader Nelson Mandela has two different spiders named after him. The Anelosimus nelsoni and the Stasimopus mandelai, both found in South Africa were named as a honor to the great leader.

7. Elvis Presley

 

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A cropped photograph depicts singer Elvis Pres...

 

The king of Rock and Roll has quite the legacy with the Preseucoila imallshookupis. The genus, Preseucoila, is inspired by his last name, while the species name imallshookupis is inspired after the king’s song “All Shook Up.”

8. Beyonce

 

Beyonce Fly

 

Beyonce - Concert in Barcelona in 2007

Having a “bootylicious” reputation, Beyonce has the Scaptia beyonceae horse fly named after her. The horse fly is found in north-east Queensland, Australia and was named after the singer because of the golden tip on the end of the fly’s abdomen.

9. Bob Marley

 

Marley performing at Dalymount Park

A crustacean exclusively found in the Caribbean in 2002, the Gnathia marleyi, was named by science in honor of musician Bob Marley. The scientists that disovered the creature stated that it is “as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley.”

10. The Beatles

 

Spirorbid worms

Beatles 1963

A species of marine creatures, spirorbid worms were named Bushiella beatlesi Rzhavsky after the most famous band of all-time. Yes, worms.

 

Top Five Pantry Pests To Watch Out For

Rice Weevils

Waking up in the mornings to a bowl of cereal is a wonderful part of everyone’s morning routine, but finding bugs in your cereal is definitely nothing close to wonderful. So many bugs find their way into our pantries; it hurts to toss your favorite box of almost full cereal just because of these annoying bugs. While they may all look like just bugs, the following are the most common pests that invade our pantries.

1. Indianmeal Moth

Indianmeal Moth

The indianmeal moth’s favorite meal is cereal. It will also feed on grains, seeds, dried fruits, nuts, and dry pet food. Adults are about 9 mm long and vary in brownish and reddish color tones. The larvae look completely different resembling worms with an off-white color and brown head. The indianmeal moth can be easily killed with freezing or boiling temperatures and other pesticide exterminating methods.

2. Flour Beetles

 

Tribolium castaneum

There are many types of beetles that infest the common pantry. Of all the beetles, the red flour beetle and the confused beetle are the most common found in pantries. These beetles like flours and cereals. They cannot eat whole grains, but will wait for other insects to break down the whole grains for them. Both the red and the confused beetles look very similar. They’re about 3 to 4 mm long and a reddish-brownish color. The main difference is in the insect’s antennae. The red flour beetle can also fly, while the confused beetle cannot. A thorough cleaning of the pantry along with professional pesticide application should get rid of these beetles.

3. Sawtoothed Grain Beetles

 

English: sawtoothed grain beetle Oryzaephilus ...

Another common beetle found in storage and pantry space is the sawtoothed grain beetle. This beetle also feeds on cereals, flour, pet food, nuts, and spices but cannot feed on whole grains. It cannot fly and is not attracted to light. It has a flat, brown body and is about 2.5 to 3 mm long. The beetle has six saw-like projections on both of its sides, which is where its name comes from. A thorough cleaning of the pantry along with professional pesticide application should also get rid of these beetles.

4. Cigarette Beetles

 

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The Cigarette Beetle likes to feed on cured tobacco, cigars, and cigarettes, but will also feed on dried herbs, spices, cereals, nuts, and seeds. The adult beetle is about 2 to 3 mm long. It has a light brown color and smooth wing covers allowing the beetle to fly. When threatened, the Cigarette Beetle will pretend to be dead.

5. Rice Weevils

 

rice weevil

Unlike the beetles, rice weevils will damage whole grains. They eat rice, grains, popcorn, and nuts. The bugs will show no sign of external infestation. The larva grows inside the nut and then later emerges as an adult. Rice Weevils are about 2 to 3 mm long and a reddish brown color. They’re slender and have hard shells seeming to have tiny holes on them.

The best way to contain all of theses bugs out of the pantry is to store food more safely. Sealed plastic and glass containers are better than the store bags that most products come in. After discovering an infestation, throwing away all infested food in the pantry would be best. Thorough vacuuming and cleaning of the pantry should help eliminate most of the bugs. The final step would be to hire a professional to apply pesticides to kill any unseen bugs and prevent future infestations.