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Environmental Health

Larder beetles

Larder beetles (Dermestes beetles) are common, dark-brown beetles often found across several properties in a block of flats. These insects are scavengers and feed on crumbs and scraps, often living around the skirtings of kitchens and behind domestic appliances. Regular cleaning of these areas is essential as part of treatment/eradication measures. The larvae are brown, striped, hairy and about 5mm long - they are sometimes known as woolly bears.

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