. Agri-news. Agriculture. 18. February 28, 1977 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MERCHANT GRAIN BEETLES INVADE KITCHEN CUPBOARDS "If you see tiny, brown insects in your kitchen cupboards, the chances are you have an infestation of merchant grain beetles," says Michael Dolinski, entomologist and pest con- trol specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Adult merchant grain beetles are about 1/10 of an inch long. They live and breed in stored food and in the cracks and crevices in cup- boards which contain small particles of food. They multiply rapidly and feed on a wide variety of foods including cere

. Agri-news. Agriculture. 18. February 28, 1977 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MERCHANT GRAIN BEETLES INVADE KITCHEN CUPBOARDS "If you see tiny, brown insects in your kitchen cupboards, the chances are you have an infestation of merchant grain beetles," says Michael Dolinski, entomologist and pest con- trol specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Adult merchant grain beetles are about 1/10 of an inch long. They live and breed in stored food and in the cracks and crevices in cup- boards which contain small particles of food. They multiply rapidly and feed on a wide variety of foods including cere Stock Photo
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. Agri-news. Agriculture. 18. February 28, 1977 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MERCHANT GRAIN BEETLES INVADE KITCHEN CUPBOARDS "If you see tiny, brown insects in your kitchen cupboards, the chances are you have an infestation of merchant grain beetles, " says Michael Dolinski, entomologist and pest con- trol specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Adult merchant grain beetles are about 1/10 of an inch long. They live and breed in stored food and in the cracks and crevices in cup- boards which contain small particles of food. They multiply rapidly and feed on a wide variety of foods including cereals, flour, meal, macaroni, spaghetti, rice, dried fruits, chocolate, shelled nuts, spices, meat and dried pet food. Control The first thing to do if you see merchant grain beetles in Merchant Grain Beetle your cupboard is to find the source of infestation. Examine all the food in the cupboard, especially products that have been stored for some time. When you find the source of infestation, burn or freeze the product to destroy the beetles. If you put the food in the garbage without first destroying these insects, you could start a new infestation, especially in an apartment building. If you want to salvage food that has only a few beetles, spread it out (not more than two inches deep) in a pan, and put the pan in a 140° to 150° F. oven for at least 20 minutes. Keep stirring the contents. If you have a large amount of food to treat, leave it in the oven for an hour or two. An alternative to using heat to destroy merchant grain beetles is to put the product containing the insects in a freezer for 24 hours. After you have removed the contents of your kitchen cupboard.treat it with one per cent Baygon or 2 per cent Malathion (deodourized). If you cannot find these strengths, buy a concentrated product and dilute it according to label directions. Using a household sprayer or a paint brush, thoroughly wet the interior surfaces of the cupboard, paying particular attention to. (cont

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