• Robert Bate

Bed Bugs or Larder Beetles?

Just last week our office staff received a call from a distressed person who was being bitten at night and had a terrible rash. We had a technician over to her on the same day to investigate and treat her pest problem.

Before heading over it sounded like a text book bed bug case, the client has been travelling recently, was being bitten at night, finding blood on the sheets and has a rash. Any pest controller will tell you there's a 90% chance it's bed bugs. After a thorough inspection of the home, our technician did not find bed bugs but did notice plenty of orange and black caterpillar looking creatures throughout the home.

After some conferring with the team and further investigations our tech

concluded they were dealing with a Larder Beetle infestation and the fine hairs on the larder beetle larva were what was causing the irritation and bleeding skin.

After completing a pest control service for the pests, treating all the cracks and crevices, we followed up a week later to find the number of larvae had greatly reduced and our client reported no more rash. As our tech saw no signs of the adult Larder beetle, he concluded we were at the start of the infestation and we'll continue to monitor in the coming months.

Larder Beetles or Demestes Ladarius are a common pest world wide and feed on animal products such as rotting flesh, dried and cured meats, pet food, skins, leathers and hides, feathers, cheese, solid cooking fats (butter) and high protein grains.

The life cycle of the Larder Beetle includes 3 life cycle stages; eggs, larvae and adult beetles. A female beetle can lay over 100 eggs in her life time and dies shortly after laying her eggs. After approximately 12 days the eggs hatch and the orange/brown caterpillar looking larvae emerge and gorge themselves on spoiled or rotting meat or other animal products. The larvae will continue to eat until their final molt at which point they will burrow into their environment to pupate where they will stay for 3-7 days before they emerge an adult beetle, ready to start the cycle again.

Depending on environmental and climatic conditions it typically takes 40-50 days for a generation to be complete.

So if you have a pest problem call Results Home Services on 3823 2500 to have one of our pest control experts out to solve all your pest problems. We service all of Brisbane and the north side and south side suburbs.

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