Larder beetle – What is it?

Definition of a larder beetle

The larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius) also commonly referred to as the bacon beetle or moisture bug is dark brown in colour and measures about nine millimetres in length. It has a yellowish stripe punctuated by six dark spots on its back. During the winter season, adult beetles live under the bark of trees and generally take refuge inside homes from May. The females need an additional month, in June, to lay their eggs in cracks and crevices, never far from food sources. Each female lays between 100 and 175 eggs, in groups of six to eight, which take about 12 days to hatch. Bacon dermestid larvae feed primarily on cheese, bacon, ham, lard, animal feed, feathers, skin, and hair. They can also invade warehouses and attics. Their life cycle spans two to three months.