Larder Beetle

Dermestes Lardarius

Larder beetles often appear in large numbers during the spring. They feed off of all sorts of animal products and materials, such as feathers, horn, skins, ham, dried beef, hides, hair, beeswax, pet foods, and other products.

They often enter homes in May and June seeking food, depositing eggs in cracks and crevices in locations near food, such as pantries. They often appear after infestations by cluster flies, or from mice, birds, or squirrels nesting in the walls.

Larder Beetle Prevention

Prevention of larder beetles includes controlling cluster flies, sealing cracks, baseboards, and crevices, keeping meats and pet foods properly sealed and stored, as well as the use of bait traps.

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