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Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Flour beetles

Frequently asked questions about flour beetles:

Flour beetles do not bite or sting, or are poisonous.

To get rid of flour beetles you will need to throw away all of your stored food products and thoroughly clean your kitchen shelves and/or cupboards. An insecticide spray will kill flour beetles on kitchen surfaces.

Old flour, grain or cereals cause flour beetles.

Flour beetles do not usually bite humans or pets but red flour beetles can cause allergic reactions that cause raised red, itchy marks on the skin that can be mistaken for bites.

Disposing of infested products may get rid of flour beetles natural however, without an insecticide treatment they may persist for several months.

Flour beetles can get into your house by flying in.

Flour beetles can be found not only inside infested grain products but in cracks and crevices where grain may have spilled. They are attracted to grain with high moisture content.

Flour beetles do not usually bite humans but red flour beetles can cause allergic reactions that cause raised red, itchy marks on the skin that can be mistaken for bites.

Eating flour with flour beetles in will not do any harm.

Flour beetles are small reddish-brown insects that are around 3-4mm long.

To get rid of flour beetles you will need to throw away all of your stored food products and thoroughly clean your kitchen shelves and/or cupboards. An insecticide spray will kill flour beetles on kitchen surfaces.