Pest Guides

Merchant Grain Beetle

Oryzaephilus mercator


Merchant Grain Beetle  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia
  • Adult — 2.5–3mm in length. 6 saw–like projections on each side of the thorax. Short length of head behind the eyes.
  • Larva — yellow to brown with a black head.


  • Optimum conditions are 30–33°C. Cannot tolerate low temperatures.


  • A particular pest of dried fruit and chocolate.