Fill out the form below.
Find our nearest location
Dried Fruit Beetle
1/8 of an inch
Brown with yellow spots on wing covers
The dried fruit beetle belongs to the family Nitidulidae, which contains the sap beetle. It is the most important pest species of this group. These beetles are strong fliers and constantly search for ripe or fermenting fruit. More than 1,000 tiny, white eggs may be deposited by the female on ripening fruit on trees or fruit on trays drying in the open. Infestations, therefore, often begin prior to the fruit being processed or stored in packing sheds. Another source of dried fruit beetles and other sap beetles are refuse dumps where fruit byproducts are disposed. Infestations never occur on whole sound fruits. Fruit is attacked before it is completely dry and usually, only cracked or fermenting fruit is infested. The larvae are white to amber in color and grow to about ¼ inch in length. Development to the pupal stage takes two to four weeks during which the larvae undergo several molts. Each molt results in a cast skin left behind and, together with fecal droppings, infested fruit can be rendered unpalatable by just a few larvae. The life cycle can be completed in a minimum of 15 days during hot weather but may take months during colder months. During their activities, dried fruit beetles may carry yeast cells, fungi and bacteria into the fruit causing it to sour and spoil.
The dried fruit beetle is found worldwide, especially in regions where fruits are grown, processed and stored. It is a prominent pest in California. This beetle attacks both fresh, ripened fruit and dried fruits prior to storage and packaging. This beetle is especially fond of figs and dates and is a common pest of raisins.
The control of any stored product pest involves many steps, primary of which is discovery of infested food items or other sources of infestation (e.g., food spillage accumulation). This beetle will only be associated with moist, fermenting fruits so it is an uncommon pest in homes. Consider the following to prevent an infestation: · Discard infested foods in outdoor trash. Infested decorations (flowers, wreaths, etc.) should also be discarded. · Freeze suspect foods at zero degrees Fahrenheit for six days. · Refrigerate all fruit products and store dried fruit products in a glass or plastic container with a tight lid.
Read What Our Clients
My Terminix tech Scott is the best! He is professional, courteous and absolutely thorough about his job. Thank you for sending such a blessed tech to my house. Hamlet, NC
This letter is to say how pleased we are here at Morreene West Apartments with your services. We are very pleased with the technician, Christopher. He does a great job. Durham, NC
Terminix has consistently offered our apartment complex reliable, competent service. We are completely satisfied with their knowledgeable representative who is always punctual and does a superior job for us every time. Chapel Hill, NC
I would like to take the time to thank you for giving us such great service here at Carver Pond Apartments. Your Pest Technician Christopher Mitchell has provided us with excellent service over the last few months. Christopher is such a great help to us in providing helpful information so that we can better serve our residents here at Carver Pond. Durham, NC
Fill out the form below.