Brown Little Bugs That Fly: What They Really Are

When you see brown little bugs that fly in your house, there are various pests that may actually come to mind. However, I have come up with the bug, which is, most of the time, this brown little bug.

This bug has been named different names and was even misnamed Biscuit Weevil. By now, some of us already know the insect that I am talking about here.

For those of us who do not know and even those of us who already know, keep reading, as I have written an informative article via thorough research about this common household pest.


What are Little Brown Bugs that Fly Called?

Brown Little Bugs That Fly
Picture Depicting the Brown Little Bugs That Fly

The little brown bugs that fly are commonly referred to as bread beetlesbiscuit beetles, or even drugstore beetles.

Below are bodily features that can be used to describe the little brown bugs that fly:

  • They are small.
  • These bugs have hard shells.
  • They have a reddish-brown coloration.
  • They are oval-shaped beetles.
  • Their bodies are covered with short yellow hairs.

As larvae, below are ways to identify these beetles:

  • They have a white-bodied coloration.
  • They have a crescent body shape.
  • They look like grubs.

It is important to know how to identify them, as you will be able to hire the right pest control service to properly get rid of these pests.

The brown little bugs that fly will basically feed on anything eatable, and also at a rapid rate. This is what makes them dangerous to have around.

This beetle was actually named after its eating habits. They usually feed on dry food such as :

  • Grains
  • Pasta
  • Biscuit
  • Flour, etc.

They will usually thrive in dark, warm places that are secluded and where they can easily travel to and from their food source.


Read also: Drugstore Beetles: Facts, Infestation and How to Get Rid of it


What is the Lifecycle of Brown Little Bugs that Fly?

  • The female lays her eggs in a food source (flour, grain, etc.)
  • The eggs hatch into larvae and stay that way for about 4 to 5 months.
    • At the larval stage, they feed on food sources rapidly and can even penetrate through packaging.
    • They move from one food source to another.
  • The larvae then grow to pupae and stay in this stage for 12 to 17 days.
  • The pupae then grow into adults
    • This stage is short and lasts for only about 3 to 4 weeks.
    • They do not feed at this stage.

And so the female lays her eggs and the cycle starts all over again.

Do not think that the brown little bugs that fly only lay their eggs in potential food sources. They often wander about the house and may lay their eggs on surfaces, including window frames.


How To Get Rid of Brown Little Bugs That Fly

If you are well equipped on how to identify this pest and its lifecycle, then it is time to get rid of them. Noticing these pests means trouble, and you must carry out treatment as soon as possible.

Below are possible ways to get rid of brown little bugs that fly:

  • Thoroughly vacuum the infested area.
    • Properly empty the vacuumed wastes in a trash bag and seal it perfectly.
  • Seal possible entry points, including cracks and crevices, etc.
  • Eliminate contaminated food sources.
  • Contact pest control experts, who will:
    • Fumigate the infested area.
    • Clear the area of these pests.
    • Apply insecticides aimed at killing these pests.

Most of the time, DIY pest control methods may be ineffective against these little brown bugs that fly, so hiring pest control experts may be a suitable option.


Read also: Pest Control Warehouse: The 4 Amazing Rules You Should Know


How To Prevent Brown Little Bugs That Fly

  • Buy only the foodstuffs that you need at the time.
  • Keep track of foodstuffs.
  • Food should be properly sealed in tight containers/bags.
  • Store foodstuffs in a cool, dry area.
  • Keep storage areas clean and tidy at all times.



What are the little brown bugs flying around my house?

The little brown bugs flying around your house are the following:

  • Biscuit beetles
  • Carpet beetles
  • Weevils
  • Pantry moths
  • Roaches
  • Fruit flies
  • Ticks
  • Mites, etc



It appears that the food source is the major thing that usually attracts these brown little bugs that fly to the house, but that does not mean you should not have foodstuffs in the house because of them.

There are actually measures that can be followed to ensure that these bugs don’t come close to your pantry or your home at large.

What other brown little bugs that fly do you know of besides the drugstore beetle? Let us know via the comments section provided below!

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