Larder Beetle

img-20150613-wa0002-watermarkedAverage Adult Size:

  • 7mm – 10mm.

Associated Risks:

  • Commonly occurring pest within structures scavenging on protein rich food or animal carcass,
  • Potential to lead to large infestations in multiple occupancy buildings like flats.

Life Cycle:

  • Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult,
  • Larva is normally seen around wall and floor junctions foraging for food debris.
  • Commonly reported as being seen in sheltered areas on evenings.

Life Style:

  • Found worldwide,
  • Member of the skin feed family of beetle known as Dermestes
  • Primary food source is protein based
  • Can also be found in bird and animal nests or surrounding debris.

Control Method(s):

  • Chemical intervention,
  • Changes to habitat and good house keeping.