Found hundreds of these in the pantry. What is this?

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  • no idea what they are called, but they arrive to your house in cereal products, such as flour or rolled oats
    – jsotola
    Oct 12, 2020 at 0:18
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    – Niall C.
    Oct 12, 2020 at 0:26
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    a vacuum cleaner is your best friend for these ... also examine every unsealed item in the pantry, especially anything made from grain
    – jsotola
    Oct 12, 2020 at 0:36
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    Jus re-read the post, did a double take... you found hundreds of these? geeezzz.... yah, get in there with a vacuum at the very least. Maybe call an exterminator.
    – Z4-tier
    Oct 12, 2020 at 2:13

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They look like flour beetles. They've likely gotten into your rice, grain or flour and all that will need to be removed. Try keeping pantry grains in plastic or glass airtight containers. Be careful with pesticides if you go that route, since it will be near your food

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    They are red flour beetles, or dumb flour beetles (actual name). OP should dispose of all unsealed grain products, vacuum and wipe entire pantry.
    – Matthew
    Oct 12, 2020 at 2:46
  • @Matthew with the addition of a reference, that would be a great stand-alone answer.
    – FreeMan
    Oct 12, 2020 at 16:10

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