Larder Beetle—Dermestes lardarius
The larder beetle is a very common and widespread household insect pest. Its name comes from the fact that it was usually found in dried, cured meats stored at room temperature prior to refrigeration. Today larder beetles may be a pest in stored food and other items of high protein content. Outdoors, larder beetles are valuable "recyclers" that play an important role in the breakdown and recycling of animal protein.
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Identification and Control Information
- Entomological Notes: Larder Beetles (PDF)—Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension
- Fact Sheet: Larder Beetles (PDF)—Cornell Cooperative Extension
- University of Wisconsin Garden Facts: Larder Beetles (PDF)—University of Wisconsin Extension
[Photos, left to right: Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org; unknown; unknown]