What do Dermestes lardarius do?

What do Dermestes lardarius do?

Dermestes lardarius, commonly known as the larder beetle or moisture bug, is a species of beetle in the family Dermestidae, the skin beetles. It eats animal products, such as dried meats and fish, pet food, skins and hides, feathers, cheese, and museum specimens such as dried insects. …

How long does a larder beetle live?

The larvae moult up to 5 or 6 times over a period of 5-8 weeks, the pupate and after 2-4 weeks the adult beetle hatches. The beetles can live up to 6 months.

How do I get rid of Dermestes lardarius?

Inspection and cleaning are critical parts in solving most larder beetle infestations. Insecticide is used for eliminating any beetles that are changing into adults. The insecticide will be effective if it is applied into the cracks and crevices at the back of the shelves and behind the baseboard.

What temperature kills Larderbugs?

Heating objects to 130°F for two to three hours, or placing objects in a deep freeze at 0°F for 24 hrs, will kill larder beetle adults and larvae in objects or pet food.

Where do larder beetles lay eggs?

Adult larder beetles overwinter outdoors as well as indoors in walls. They lay eggs in food sources, where the hatched larvae can feed.

Are Dermestes lardarius bad?

Although not very common, larvae are capable of causing structural damage by boring repeatedly to pupate. Even though adults are capable of biting, they are generally not harmful to humans or pets.

How do you control larder beetles?

Vacuum the floors in all rooms to eliminate food sources and suck up any larvae you come across. Empty your recycling container daily. Dispose of contaminated food in sealed bags and store pet food and staples in airtight containers. Wipe down your stove and range hood to eliminate grease.

What are larder beetles attracted to?

They are strong flyers and are attracted to decaying flesh and rotting meat. Larder beetles will regularly penetrate and nest in stored products like pet food or cheese.

What kills Larderbugs?

We recommend an application of Reclaim IT Insecticide in the cracks and crevices of active areas as well as setting Pro-Pest Pantry Moth and Beetle Traps to catch lingering Larder Beetles that evaded the Reclaim IT application. Before using any products you must first prepare the areas for treatment.

Does one larder beetle mean an infestation?

You may see a few adult larder beetles inside your home in spring. This does not mean that there is an infestation. They may have come in from the outdoors and may not be associated with a food source. As long as a food source remains, larder beetles will continue to be a problem.