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Family — Cryptophagidae


  • About 1/32" (Plaster beetle) and 1/8" (Fungus beetle).


  • Life cycle usually completed at 54 days but can live for up to 5 months in warm temperatures.


  • Fungus beetles may carry moulds from one commodity to another in damp warehouses.
  • May contaminate food.
  • Minor pests on damp plaster, particularly in newly–built houses. Also in mills and warehouses where they may infest damp foodstuffs.

Controlling Insects that attack Food Products