Do you think you have a Dermestes Beetle problem in your premises?
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The following are the most common Dermestes beetle found in Fife.
(a) Hide Beetle (Dermestes Maculatus)
(b) Larder Beetle (Dermestes Lardarius)
(c) Black Larder Beetle (Dermestes Lardarius)
(d) Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus)
Dermestes is a genus of beetles in the family of Dermestidae (The Skin Beetle)
Larvae of the Dermestes beetle feed on dead or dried up animal material including dead bodies, dried meat, fish and body parts like hair, skin, bone and feathers.
Although quite common in Fife and the surrounding areas they are thought to originally come from Eurasia, although the Black Larder Beetle came from the north of America.
TYPES OF PREMISES DERMESTES BEETLES ARE FOUND.
Dermestes Beetles can be found on Chicken farms, piggeries, butcher shops, supermarkets, hotels, Museums and Antique shops where taxidermy is sold.
They tend to pop up in museums where they will feed on stuffed animals and dried insect specimens.
Museums can also use the Hide Beetle to help with cleaning tissue from skeletons, some species can also be used for Forensic entomology when studying human corpses.
WHAT CAUSES LARDER BEETLES?
Larder beetles can infest dry pet food and make it inedible, adults and larvae both eat animal hides, meat, feathers, furs and cheese they will also feed on plant material with high protein content.
When Larder Beetles are found in food storage areas like warehouses and grain stores, it is more likely that they are feeding on other dead insects.
Sightings in kitchens are normally down to poor hygiene allowing them to feed on discarded food stuffs collecting under units and shelves.
The adult beetle will fly and are attracted at night to illuminated shops like supermarkets so when doors and windows are partially open the invite for infestation is there.
WHAT DO DERMESTES BEETLES LOOK LIKE?
THE VARIED CARPET BEETLE.
The varied carpet beetle larvae are known as “woolly bears” this small round beetle of only 3mm in length is a serious textile pest. It looks like a cream and brown lady bird under a microscope but can be dealt with in a similar manner to the other Dermestes Beetles.
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