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Larder Beetle Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.


Larder beetles are 3/8 to 1/2 of an inch long and are an elongated oval shape. Adult larder beetles are a dark brown to black color with a pale yellow band around the wing covers that contain six spots.

Larvae of the larder beetle are only about 1/2 of an inch long and are a dark brown color and are covered in long brown hairs. Larvae have two spines on the ends of the body that curve upward toward the rear of the body.

Larder beetles primarily breed in food storage areas or in areas where dead insects or rodents are found.

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Where do they lay their eggs
Where do they lay their eggs

Larder beetles are typically found indoors feeding on rodent carcasses or on high protein foods. They bore into materials such as wood and insulation to nest and plug the nest entrance.


Dermestes lardarius


Animal products: dead animals, meats, cheese, powdered milk, dry pet food and dried insects


Yes, they are attracted to light.

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How To Get Rid Of and Prevent Larder Beetles
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  • Inspect all incoming food items for pests.

  • Store all susceptible food items in pest-proof containers and rotate on a regular basis.

  • Clean up all spilled food products and food storage shelves and storage areas; dispose of infested food items.

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