Confused Flour Beetle

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Tribolium confusum

How to Identify an 

Confused Flour Beetle

The adult flour beetles are reddish-brown in color, flattened, and about 3/16 (3.5mm) long. The eyes of the confused flour beetle wrap around the sides of thew head from the top to the bottom.

Where do they come from?

Flour beetles are a common pest of flour. They are unable to feed on whole undamaged grain. They are a common pest in flour mills but are also brought into homes on cereal, flour, and dried pet food. From there they can infest the pantry.

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What do they look like?

Confused flour beetles in flour
Flour beetles in a sac of flour
Full body view of a confused flour beetle
Flour beetle on a grain of wheat
Confused flour beetle trails

Where do they live?

Female confused flour beetles lay their eggs in what ever food material they happen to be in. The eggs are white or colorless and are covered with a sticky substances which flour adheres to, making the eggs very difficult to find.

Name:

Tribolium confusum

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Diet:

Flour, processed grains, grains attacked by other insects, and pet food

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