Pest Guides

Australian Spider Beetle

Ptinus tectus


Australian Spider Beetle  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia
  • Adult — 2.5 - 4mm in length. Covered in brown and golden hairs. Spider-like appearance when viewed from above.
  • Larva — often found feeding on miscellaneous debris. Bores into various inedible materials prior to pupation.


  • 3 - 4 months at 20 - 25°C.


  • Will feign death if disturbed. Active in dark, damp places. Often linked to birds nests.