Larder beetles, or Dermestes lardarius, are a common household pest that can cause significant damage to food and fabrics. While they are not dangerous to humans, they can be difficult to get rid of. This article provides tips on how to identify, prevent, and remove larder beetles from your home.
Identifying Larder Beetles
- Look for small, dark-brown beetles with a yellowish-orange stripe down their backs.
- Check for larvae, which look like small, hairy grubs.
- Inspect food items such as grains, cereal, and pet food for signs of infestation.
- Look for holes or trails of sawdust-like material in fabrics, as this could indicate larval activity.
- Check for small, oval-shaped fecal pellets on surfaces near infested food items.
- Look for small, oval-shaped eggs near infested food items.
Preventing Larder Beetles
- Store food items in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
- Vacuum regularly to remove food particles and larvae.
- Keep your home clean, and remove clutter that could provide hiding places for larder beetles.
- Seal cracks and crevices around windows and doors to prevent access to your home.
- Use screens on windows and doors to keep larder beetles out.
- Check secondhand items such as furniture and clothing for signs of infestation before bringing them into your home.
Cleaning to Remove Larder Beetles
- Vacuum carpets and rugs thoroughly to remove larvae and eggs.
- Wash walls, floors, and other surfaces with hot, soapy water to remove larvae and eggs.
- Dispose of food items that are infested with larder beetles.
- Clean up food spills and crumbs immediately.
- Remove clutter from your home to reduce hiding places for larder beetles.
- Empty vacuum cleaner bags after each use to prevent larder beetles from re-infesting your home.
Using Natural Remedies
- Use diatomaceous earth to kill larder beetles.
- Place bay leaves in areas where larder beetles are present.
- Spray a mixture of vinegar and water in areas where larder beetles are present.
- Use boric acid to kill larvae and eggs.
- Place cedar chips or cedar oil in areas