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Habitat

Widespread throughout Europe, hide beetles all require a diet which is high in protein. Occurring naturally in birds nests, this group of insects is well adapted to infesting intensive poultry units, and is one of the main pests of such areas.



Biology

Adult females lay between 200 to 800 eggs which hatch within around 1 week. After a number of moults, larvae leave the food source in search of a suitable site for pupation. Such sites include wooden panels and structural timber which the larvae may burrow into. Total life cycle may be completed in 8 - 12 weeks.

Dermestes Sp

Insecta     Coleoptera    Dermestidae

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Pest Status

A serious pest of kitchens, poultry houses and occasionally, piggeries. Feeding on and breeding in proximity to food scraps, the presence of hide beetles may indicate poor hygiene.



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