Pest Guides

Biscuit Beetle

Stegobium paniceum


Biscuit Beetle  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia
  • Adult — 2–3mm in length. Humped thorax. Fine hairs cover the body. Elytra (wing cases) have ridges with indentations.
  • Larva — active in early stages of development. Bores into hard substances. They are able to detoxify some poisonous substances.


  • Life cycle — 200 days at 17°C, 70 days at 28°C. Adults live for 13 to 65 days.


  • Will often fly.
  • Adults do not feed.