Larder beetle infestation
The Larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius) is from the family of the Dermestidae. All representatives of this family feed primarily on various dried meats, dried fish and remains from animals but in some cases they can also feed on dried plants. This is why they can be found in places such as behind and under cookers and refrigerators in domestic premises and in businesses such as delicatessen stores, fishmongers, meat processing plants, and butchers.
The Larder beetle is considered a pest, due to the fact that it infests dried meats, fish and plants and also causes damage to timber, lead, tin and other materials during its development cycle. The larvae bores into them for pupation purposes and creates holes in the material, which may sometimes be a costly damage.
The signs of a Larder beetle infestation are damage in timber, cork and insulation, as well as in foods like various meat products (bacon, ham, salami, etc…), cheese, dried fish, pet food, tobacco, etc… The damage comes from the larvae of the Larder beetle, which looks for a safe place to continue its life cycle and pupate.
Larder beetle treatment and control
High level of cleanliness and sanitisation is required for the prevention and control of Larder beetle infestations. Should such an infestation occur, the infested products should be carefully disposed of and any items damaged by the pest should be treated in order to eliminate the infestation from them. Keeping the products in tightly sealed jars would help to reduce the chances for introduction and reintroduction of Larder beetle infestations.
In cases of established infestations of Larder beetles heat treatment is a very efficient treatment as it is ecologically friendly and safe for people. It is able to eradicate all life stages of the pest and will leave your items pest-free and ready to use again.
Prime Pest Control offers Larder beetle treatment, control and removal services for domestic and commercial customers. Our BPCA-trained pest technicians have been tackling Larder beetle infestations in London and the surrounding areas for many years now and are constantly improving their technique and updating their knowledge with the latest trends in the pest control industry, so that they can provide you with the best and most effective pest control solutions to your pest problems.
Call Prime Pest Control now to speak to one of our customer advisors for tips and information about the Larder beetle infestations and book an appointment with one of our experienced pest technicians, who will come to inspect your property or business premises. They will provide you with a custom-made pest management scheme for the extermination, control and prevention of the your Larder beetle infestation. Whether you live or you have your business in North, South, West and or East London or any of the surrounding counties – you can request our services at any suitable to you time.
About Larder beetles
The Larder Beetle or the Bacon beetle, which is another name for the same pest, is often found in domestic premises, usually in the areas where dried meat, fish, tobacco products, and spices are kept. It is also found in commercial and industrial businesses handling those products.
Indoors, the breeding of the Larder beetles can be a continuous process, regardless of the weather conditions outside. Once an adult Larder beetle gets in contact with a product it lays eggs in close proximity with it and the life cycle of the new beetles starts. The female beetle lays a total of approximately 200 eggs. When the eggs of the Larder beetle hatch, the larvae comes out. It usually takes 5 to 6 moultings before the larvae pupates. This happens for a period of 35 – 80 days until the pupation begins. It is in the end of the larval period when the larvae can be seen by people as they start migrating and looking for solid places (lead, cork, insulation or wood) where they can pupate. The Larder beetle remains in this form for about 15 days before reaching maturity and starting the cycle again.
The Larder beetle has dark brown colour and is 8 – 9 mm long. Its wings are covered with hairs, which are coloured in pale yellow. The bottom part of the beetle is also covered with hairs in the same colour.