Does your home have bed bugs — or are the invaders another type of common pest? Like bed bugs, pantry pests (including grain beetles and drugstore beetles) are small-sized, reddish-brown household pests. Take a look at what you need to know about each type of bug and how you can eliminate an infestation.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are one of the most common types of household pests. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 97 percent of pest control contractors report that they needed to treat for bed bugs in the past 12 months.
Do you think you might have bed bugs? Keep in mind, these notorious home invaders are:
Now that you know what a bed bug is, it's time to take the next step in the identification process and learn more about pests that look similar.
What Are Grain Beetles?
This pantry pest is often confused with a bed bug. The adults are brownish in color and have an elongated oval body. While these household invaders look somewhat like bed bugs, a trained professional can easily tell the two apart.
Before you contact the exterminator, however, you will need to gather some basic information on the pests in your home. To identify grain beetles, the pest control contractor may ask:
After you provide the exterminator with as much information as possible, they'll inspect your home, identify the bugs, and recommend a treatment for the pest.
What Are Drugstore Beetles?
Drugstore beetles are another common pantry pest. These invaders look like grain beetles — and bed bugs. The top similarities and differences between drugstore beetles and bed bugs include:
Along with grain and drugstore beetles, cigarette beetles are pests that often mimic bed bugs. An experienced pest control professional can easily identify the bugs in your home and treat the infestation.
Do you need help with a bed bug problem in your home? Contact No Bull Bed Bug Control for more information.