Sometimes called 'pantry pests', these are mostly small beetles and moths that have a diet of flour, grains, nuts, cereals, seeds and biscuits. They spend most of their lives living, feeding and breeding within their food source. Life cycles range from 1-3 months depending on the species, quality of food and the environmental conditions where high temperature and humidity is preferred.
A serious worldwide problem in the process of getting food from farm to table, these pests are not uncommon in household kitchens. High standards of hygiene and sanitation should be used to prevent the build up of food materials in places like the corners of cupboards and under furniture. Store food in sealed containers, discard anything unused for long periods and immediately dispose of any infested material.