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Spider Beetles

Spider beetles are the approximately 500 species of beetles in the subfamily Ptininae of the family Anobiidae. They are sometimes considered a family in their own right, which is then called Ptinidae. Spider beetles have round bodies with long, slender legs, and lack wings. They are generally 1–5 mm long. Both the larvae and the adults are scavengers. They reproduce at the rate of two to three generations per year.

There are  two main species which Harrier Pest Control come across.

Australian Spider Beetle

Australian Spider Beetle

The Australian spider beetle, Ptinus tectus, is a tiny beetle that can be found infesting a wide variety of products. It is among the commonest household pest insects. It is a cosmopolitan species (arrived in Europe and the UK from Australia in 1900)

Golden Spider Beetle

Golden Spider Beetle

The golden spider beetle, Niptus hololeucus, is a tiny (3-4.5 mm) beetle that can be found infesting a wide variety of cereal based food products. It is a temperate species originating in West Asia but now cosmopolitan.The spiderlike body is covered in silky golden hairs and fine scales.

Both species are commonly associated with birds’ nests.

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