Larder Beetle

Larder Beetles


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EnviroPest has been protecting local homes and families for over 30 years. Our exterminators provide a variety of treatments including our all-natural Larder Beetle pest control solutions that will effectively deal with your issue without requiring you to leave the comforts of your home. As a company committed to organic and proper application of pesticides, our residential pest control solutions have been the right fit for over 100,000 families.

The Larder Beetle is a small, dark-colored beetle with white and black markings. This beetle is a member of the carpet beetle family Dermestidae; however, the Larder Beetle, Dermestes lardarius, can feed on a great variety of materials – not just carpets. They will provide any stored animal or plant products, such as leather, insect, bird, mammal specimens, cured meats, cheese, tobacco, and dried fishmeal.

Larder Beetle Description

The adult Larder Beetle is small (3-mm or 3/16 inch) with an elongate-oval body. It is dark brown to black, with a covering of short black hairs. In the spring, the adults are attracted to flowers where they feed on pollen, assemble, and mate. After mating, the female will search for an ideal place to lay her eggs. These beetles become pests when the adults enter houses and lay eggs. In homes, the eggs are deposited in lint accumulations, in-floor crevices, behind baseboards, and heating ducts.

Life Cycle of the Larder Beetle

The outdoor life cycle of Larder Beetles is regulated by the seasons. Once the process is occurring indoors, they will breed throughout the year. Eggs will often be laid in batches of 6-8, with the total per female being about 200. The larvae are dark-colored and covered with dark brown hairs. Larder Beetles have a life span of 30-90 days, during which the larvae pass through five or six stages. You can find the larvae in places that are not well lit. Once they have gone through the development stages, they will begin to migrate. It is during this migration that homeowners often notice the infestation. Looking for the right place to pupate, the older larvae will seek materials such as insulation, wood, or other semi-porous locations. The Larder Beetle pupal period lasts about 15 days. The adults mate soon after emerging. Adults will lay eggs near a food source.

Our Industry Leading Larder Beetle Extermination Method

We Start with a Thorough Investigation

This insect’s presence in the home may indicate a dead rodent between the walls, the chimney, or the crawlspace. Be sure to clean light fixtures of insects killed, remove dead animals from traps, check dog and cat food stored for long periods, and caulk all openings where beetles might enter when attracted to lights. Flies such as the cluster fly and face fly, abundant in the autumn, hibernate in-home wall voids, attics, overhangs, etc. Many die in inaccessible places and become a prime food source for Larder Beetles. To prevent infestation, store foods in insect-proof containers when returning from the grocery store. These containers are commonly made of glass, aluminum, or steel, ideally with screw-type lids. Larvae have been known to bore through materials, including tin materials for pupation. Routinely inspect stuffed animals for infestation. These beetles will infest collections of insects, animals, etc., if not properly preserved.

Common signs of Larder Beetle infestation include:

  • Fecal matter that looks like pellets
  • Holes in food storage items
  • Larder Beetle hairy larvae will shed skin

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What to Look for When Hiring a Larder Beetle Exterminator

  • The pest management company should be licensed by the state and insured.
  • Technicians should be certified pest management professionals and fully licensed in the state.
  • The company should be a member of a professional organization, such as the National Pest Management Association.
  • The company should have a staff entomologist or access to one.
  • Technicians should have experience with Larder Beetle pest control.
  • Choose a company based on their quality of service, not the price. Research user reviews and testimonials to solidify your choice.
  • A pre-inspection should be conducted to assess the scope of the work.
  • The proposed work should follow the steps of integrated pest management, not just pesticide application.

The EnviroPest Complete Service Guarantee

If at any time between services or your guarantee period, you as a customer of EnviroPest are not satisfied for any reason. We will readdress the area in question at no additional charge. We have serviced over 300,000 homes and businesses over 30 years, and our clients rely on us to stand behind the work we perform.

Our continuous inspection and treatment mean a 100% guarantee as long as you have us on the property.

Our service personnel has been trained and certified with over six (6) years of experience in the pest control field as specialists. We do not advocate or provide seasonal labor or “college kids” to provide applications in or around your family or home. Another reason we are the natural choice in pest control.


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How Serious Are Larder Beetles? Are They Dangerous?

Larder beetles are not known to bite, sting, or attack humans. These pests can contaminate stored food products, specifically stored food products, mostly cured meats and cheeses. Ingesting larvae and pupae can undoubtedly be disturbing and sickening to many people.

Do Larder Beetles Cause Damage?

Larder Beetles are unsanitary and will cause damage to food products and health sanitation issues.

How Did I Get Larder Beetles?

During the late summer and fall, Larder Beetles will attempt to find a safe winter harborage. They enter homes and buildings through open doors, windows, and cracks in the walls. They will target food sources such as pantries and dry food storage area to assist in their overwintering.

How Do I Get Rid Of Larder Beetles?

Solving Larder Beetle infestations involves inspection, cleaning, and insecticide application. The insecticide is used to eliminate any beetles that are changing into adults. The insecticide will be useful if applied to the cracks and crevices located in furniture and behind walls, including baseboards. A professional larder beetle exterminator handles most infestations due to the in-depth application process and the pest’s specialty.

Inspection, cleaning, and hiring an exterminator are three steps to eliminating Larder Beetles. Finding the source of the beetle infestation is the best way to ensure a quick and complete elimination.

  • Inspection: Check fur, animal trophies such as stuffed animals. Infestations can be in dog or cat food storage areas. Also, nesting sites around the home include but are not limited to bird nests in walls, attics, or basement crawlspaces.
  • Sanitary / Cleaning: Locate all infested food and remove it. Also, vacuum and clean shelves, cabinets, or furniture used to store food products.
  • Storage Improvement: Place food in sealed containers.

How Does EnviroPest Specifically Handle Larder Beetles?

EnviroPest is trained to manage Larder Beetles:

  • Inspection – We will inspect and treat not only the areas of infestation but also the areas that are considered high risk areas within a home. The more extensive and detailed the treatment the more effective.
  • Prevention – Humidity should be reduced if possible in the high risk areas and any building materials. Moisture should be removed from any area containing highly conducive areas that could create areas of harborage. We can help identify these areas with our clients as we walk through the property.
  • Guarantee – We are happy to check after a period of time on whether the problems have been resolved. Areas should be checked regularly considering this issue takes a while to occur and become visible it also should be guaranteed by a proper company after you treat the infestation.


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