Merchant Grain Beetles Anobiid and Lyctus species

Merchant Grain
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Color: Brown

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Size: 1/10

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Legs: 6

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Antennae: Yes

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Shape: Narrow oval

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Region: Found throughout U.S.

What is a merchant grain beetle?

Merchant grain beetles are typically not found in grain products, but instead like to attack cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies and chocolate. Merchant grain beetles are dark brown and have six saw-like teeth on each side of their bodies. They can grow to be one-eighth of an inch long and have very flat bodies.

Common Habits of Merchant Grain Beetles

The merchant grain beetle's body shape allows it to crawl into packaging to eat, live and have babies.

Where Merchant Grain Beetles Can Be Found

Merchant grain beetles are found in pantries or in food processing areas or warehouses.

Can Merchant Grain Beetles Cause Harm?
How to Get Rid of Merchant Grain Beetles

To prevent merchant grain beetles, discard infested packages. Clean spilled grain and food sources.

If you suspect a merchant grain beetle issue in your home, the best course of action is to contact a licensed pest control professional. They will conduct a thorough inspection to identify the full extent of the problem. Once the situation is properly identified, the appropriate control measures can be taken.

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