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Cigarette Beetles

What are Cigarette Beetles?

Cigarette beetles are common insects that often invade homes and workplaces--and if left unchecked, they can quickly become a major problem.

Dried tobacco is one of the many foods these beetles consume.

Below are some of the physical characteristics of the cigarette beetle:

  • Has a brown, reddish-brown, or yellowish-brown oval body form
  • Humps on the back are the result of an emaciated or stooped neck
  • A tiny creature with a body length of about eight millimeters
  • Antennae with serrated edges
  • Fine hairs cover the hard wing
  • Long, white hairs cover the larvae, which resemble worms
cigarette beetles


Do you have Cigarette Beetles in your home or you are not sure? We can handle the identification and get you a solution to your problem quickly.

Cigarette Beetles Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are cigarette beetles dangerous?

Cigarette beetles are most commonly known for the food contamination they cause. This can be a costly and frustrating problem.

Although they typically don't spread diseases, cigarette beetles can still pose a danger to your home or business.

Why do I have a cigarette beetle problem?

The larvae of the cigarette beetle are contaminants that destroy stored food.

Because their bodies blend in with the food they're feeding on, infestations are often difficult to spot right away.

The cigarette beetle's favorite foods include:

  • Cereal, cornstarch, flour, and powdered milk
  • Dried pasta, crackers, and bread
  • Dried nuts, fruit, spices, and candy
  • Birdseed and dry pet food
  • Dried flowers and dried tobacco
  • Upholstery stuffing

If you find adult cigarette beetles in your home, it is likely that their eggs or larvae are already present.

Cigarette beetles often enter homes through contaminated food items that have been bought from the grocery store.

The adult cigarette beetle is attracted to outdoor lighting and may find its way into your home.

They enter buildings through open windows or doors, or by crawling through spaces in the walls.

Where will I find cigarette beetles?

Food products are frequently contaminated by cigarette beetles at the processing plant or during storage.

As soon as the food products leave the factory, they invade grocery stores, pharmacies, residences, restaurants, and warehouses.

Cigarette beetles are most active when the temperature is over 65 degrees, and they like to live in dark or low-light environments.

Their ability to conceal themselves well enables the development of infestations and makes cigarette beetles difficult to locate and eradicate.

How do I get rid of cigarette beetles?

Take steps today to ensure cigarette beetles don't become a problem in your home.

If you're looking for reliable, professional pest control services to get rid of cigarette beetles and other pests, look no further than 24h Pest Pros.

At our company, we pride ourselves on offering quality products and services that will keep your property free of pests.

24h Pest Pros is the best choice for all your pest control needs. Act now and give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you!

How can I prevent cigarette beetles in the future?

You can stop cigarette beetle problems by teaming up with 24h Pest Pros and taking these preventive measures:

  • Inspect food packaging for tears before purchasing dry goods from the store.
  • Avoid the bulk section of grocery and pet stores.
  • Food should be stored in airtight containers or refrigerators at home.
  • Keep pet food in containers with tight seals, ideally metal cans.
  • Check the integrity of door and window screens.
  • Close all doors and windows.
  • When outside lighting is not required, it should be turned off.
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