Merchant Grain Beetles

Merchant Grain Beetles

Anobiid and Lyctus species

Color: Brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Narrow oval
Size: 1/10 inches
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout the U.S.

Overview
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.

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

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

Threats
Merchant grain beetles can infest stored food products and can contaminate food.