Larder Beetle found by Maidstone pest control company Pest-Tech

What Are Larder Beetles?

Discover the Habitat and Life Cycle of the Larder Beetle.

These store product pests are not often seen, but what are Larder Beetles? They are one of the family of hide beetles. The purpose of this blog is to introduce you to the ladder beetle. The reason for this is so if you ever come across one, you are able to identify it and the according action taken place. They are easily identifiable so it should not be to difficult.

The Life Cycle of the Larder Beetle.

The four stages of the life cycle of a larder beetle are egg, larvae, pupa and adult. The complete cycle from egg to adult usually takes two to three months. A female will lay singly, in the region of 200 eggs on a food source over a six month period. These eggs will then hatch within seven days. The larder beetle larvae are dark brown with bands. They grow to a size of 14mm and have distinctive bristles. It takes them one to two months to develop as larvae.

Larder Beetle Larvae found in a restaurant in Maidstone
Larder Beetle Larvae

A fully grown larvae will bore into wood or other hard materials to form a pupation chamber. The larvae will pupate in the chamber after two weeks. The adult emerges, it is a black beetle but has a very distinctive brown band as shown below. They are 7 to 9mm in size, the antennae are short and club shaped and are active fliers. They live for approximately 6 months in which the female lays the eggs and the process starts again.

Larder Beetle found by Maidstone pest control company Pest-Tech
Larder Beetle found in a Kitchen in Maidstone

Habitat of the Larder Beetle.

Larder beetles occur naturally in places like birds nests. They are serious pests when found in Kitchens in a domestic or commercial environment. They can be found near food cupboards, fridges and cookers. Unfortunately if you have this pest issue, it is normally associated with poor house keeping and hygiene issues. They may be indicators of food spillage and able to breed on food scraps.

They can also be found in poultry houses and piggeries

What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Larder Beetle.

If you have an infestation of larder beetle, our first recommendation is to clean. Ideally find the source or the hot spot and give it a thorough deep clean. Check for eggs, larvae, pupa and adults. If this is unsuccessful then you may need help by a trained professional. It is more than likely that a chemical residual spray will need to be applied, so it is important that it’s done safely and correctly. Pest-Tech Ltd deliver a full range of residual spray treatments that are able to help this situation and eradicate the infestation.

Maidstone pest control company Pest-Tech found larder beetle infestation.
Larvae of the larder beetle found in a food source.

So now we have answered the question what are larder beetles, hopefully you will be able to identify them. But more importantly understand why they are present and what to do. If you would like to know more about our treatments and services then contact us to discuss how we can help you with your infestation.