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Pests found in food covers a large variety of insects, including beetles and moths.
Learn more below about common species of Stored Product Insects (SPIs) found in Fiji.
(Various species - Liposcelis bostrychophila, Lepinotus patruelis)
The Cigarette beetle is a very common commercial pest.
The confused flour beetle was named because of the confusion over its identity. It is a very common commercial and pantry pest.
The drugstore beetle (also known as the Biscuit Beetle) gained its name because it was frequently found feeding on drugs in pharmacies many years ago. Now, they are customarily found infesting all types of dry stored food products, spices, seeds, grains and dried plant material.
It is frequently associated with hot spots in farm-stored grain. Although primarily a fungivorous species. The presence of this insect in farm-stored grain is taken as a warning that the grain is beginning to spoil and become moldy.
The Khapra Beetle is considered to be the world's most destructive pest of stored grain and grain products. If left uncontrolled, this beetle can cover the surface of stored grain making it appear alive with crawling larvae
If you do find something like this, please report it through the Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881
Also known as the Greater Rice Weevil. Maize Weevils are frequently regarded as primary pests of grain since they are able to infest otherwise undamaged grain.
They have also been seen to infest buckwheat, peas, acorns, chestnuts and cottonseed.
(Family — Cryptophagidae)
Rice weevils are pests of stored grain and seeds.
Is a very common commercial pest infesting a variety of grain and food materials. The rust-red flour beetle is frequently found in stored products in Australia.
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