They are common in processed grain. Their flattened body allows them to make their way into almost any package. Flour and other processed foods heavily infested by these beetles often develop a gray tint.
Red flour beetle flies and can invade via an outside food source.
- Size: 1/8"
- Color: Reddish Brown
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Oval
- Antennae: True
The red flour beetles are found more often in southern states. The confused flour beetle is seen in northern states.
Control / Prevention
Food products need to be inspected for signs of infestation, including cereals, and packaged dried foods.
They are a major pest in the agricultural industry and are highly resistant to insecticides.