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Sawtooth Grain Beetle Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.


Sawtooth grain beetles are a small brown beetle measuring only 1/10 inch (2.5mm) in length. The edges of the thorax have 6 saw-like projections on each side.

Sawtooth grain beetles are a common pest indoors and attack cereal, dried fruits, breakfast cereals, sugar, chocolate, macaroni, flour, meal, bran, rolled oats, bird seed, and brown rice.

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Any grain or processed grain product including oats; pet foods, seeds, dried fruits, rice grain meals, sugar, drugs, pasta, tobacco, and chocolate.


Plodia interpunctella


Grains/grain products, cereals, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, powdered milk, biscuits, chocolate, candy, spices, dry pet food, bird seed, etc.


Yes, they are attracted to light

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How To Get Rid Of Sawtooth Grain Beetles
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  • Find all infested food and discard.

  • Vacuum and clean up any spilled food and grain.

  • Remove food from the area and apply residual insecticides to cracks and crevices in the infested areas.

Where Do Sawtooth Grain Beetles Come From
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One of the most common culprits in residential homes is birdseed. If you begin finding these beetles, try to locate any bags of birdseed and inspect them. Tens of thousand of beetles can come from a single large bag of birdseed.

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