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SAWTOOTHED GRAIN BEETLE

Pantry Pests
Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

Saw-toothed Grain Beetle – Oryzaephilus surinamensis (Linnaeus).  This beetle is found in such foods as pasta, breakfast cereal, flour, dried fruits, dried meats, chocolates, and other similar food material.  They are one-eighth inch long making them small enough to get into boxes and packages that are unopened.  Food items already infested are usually bought and brought home without the knowledge of the infestation.  The longer the infested items sits unused, the more the infestation will grow with the possibility of other food items becoming infested.  Getting rid of all infested food items is critical to control.