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CIGARETTE BEETLE

Pantry Pests
Cigarette Beetle Adult

Cigarette Beetle – Lasioderma serricorne (Fabricius).  The cigarette beetle as the name implies is probably the most important pest of stored tobacco.  It may also be found in food items such as rice, ginger, spices, dried plants and many other stored food items.  Adult beetles are light brown, about one-eighth inch long and readily fly.  The head is folded in a downward facing position.  Getting rid of all infested food items is critical to control.