Average Adult Size:

  • 2mm – 3mm.

Associated Risks:

  • Commonly occurring pest within stored food products,
  • Potential to lead to large infestations & food contamination.

Life Cycle:

  • Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult,
  • Females on average produce 60 eggs on contaminated food sources,
  • Has ability to penetrate foods outer packaging,
  • Adults live on average 4 – 6 weeks.

Life Style:

  • Found worldwide,
  • Commonly found in warmer climates (e.g. House with excessive central heating usage),
  • Primary food source is cereal / grain based foods,
  • Can also be found in birds’ nests & surrounding debris.

Control Method(s):

  • Chemical intervention,
  • Changes to habitat.