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Spider Beetles (Niptus hololeucus) (Ptinus tectus)

Spider Beetles (Niptus hololeucus) (Ptinus tectus)

 


Sharing a similar biology the Australian Spider Beetle and the Golden Spider Beetle are a widespread pest in the food industry. They are nocturnal foragers and their larvae are known to bore through many types of food packaging. The life cycle of the Australian Spider Beetle and the Golden Spider Beetle is usually complete within 9-12 months, there being up to two generations per year. Spider beetles are typically found in cooler areas preferring temperature of 25°C or below. The highest temperatures at which these beetles survive is 30°C and adults quickly die at temperatures above 38°C.

Identification:
Ptinus tectus is 2.5 - 4.0 mm in length and the wing cases are covered with short, goldenbrown hairs.

Niptus hololeucus is usually a little larger, 3 - 4.5 mm long, with wing cases covered by long, silky golden-yellow hairs.

Control:
The source of infestation should be traced and eliminated. Old bird's nests should be removed and destroyed. Good Hygiene practices, stock rotation, quarantine of inbound stock and monitoring should be considered. Fumigation, residual spraying, dusting and temperature / atmospheric control may be applicable.

Products to control Spider Beetles:

Eradisect Flying and Crawling Insect Killer (600ml)
A good all round flying and crawling insect killer with rapid knock down and good flushing properties.

Organisect Dust (2kg)
Organisect® Dust is a naturally-mined, mineral product made up of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard shelled algae. 

Cimetrol Super RFU (300ml)
Cimetrol Super RFU is a ready for use water-based spray to control bedbugs, fleas and other crawling and flying insects.