Preferring to reside in dark and dimly lit cracks, these beetles bore through stored products causing damage. Named due to their destruction of stored tobacco, this species also damages other stored products.
- 2–3 mm
- Pronounced humped shape
- Eat a wide variety of foods, including cereal, coffee beans, spices, rice, dried fruits and animal based products.
- Able to chew through cardboard boxes and food packaging
- Females lay 10–100 eggs
- Larvae emerge after 6–10 days
- Adults are able to fly and live 2–6 weeks
Signs of Infestation
- Holes in packaging
- Debris coming out of packages