Confused Flour Beetle

Tribolium confusum

These insects, also called bran bugs, are common pests of flour. They may infest any product made with grain, but they cannot infest sound (undamaged) grain. Flour beetles require about a month to complete their life cycle. Adults may live up to three years.

The adult confused flour beetle can enter holes in packaging that are less than 1.35 mm in diameter (Cline and Highland 1981).

Confused Flour Beetle

Confused Flour Beetle

*Courtesy Insects Limited, Inc.
Why does it matter?
Stored-product insects, such as the Indian Meal Moth and Confused Flour Beetle can work their way into any package, including foils and plastic films. National and Global distribution channels present food contamination risks that can be mitigated with this technology. Insect infested products lead to consumer complaints, inventory returns, retail charge-back, and lost sales opportunities for consumer goods companies. The combination of these risks creates a cost savings opportunity.

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