Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Dermestes lardarius
How to Identify an Larder Beetle

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. 

Why Are Larder Beetles Significant

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

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. 

Name :

Dermestes lardarius

Diet :

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

Light :

Yes, they are attracted to light.

Tips & Tricks

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How To Get Rid Of and Prevent Larder Beetles

  • 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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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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