Cigarette Beetle

Actual Size: 2 to 3 mm

Characteristics: Small and squat body shape with reddish-brown color.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Drawn to damp and tropical climates. Usually found near pantry items, and are known for infesting tobacco products.


  • Primarily eats dried or stored food products, including tobacco.
  • Lays eggs directly onto food sources to larvae can feed right after hatching.
  • Frequently mistaken for the “drugstore beetle”, which are thicker and have distinctive grooves on their backs.


Cigarette Beetles in your area

Cigarette beetles are a very common pest throughout the United States, and they are known for feeding on and destroying stored food products. These beetles often consume dried food items like flour, pet food, cereal, and even tobacco products – hence their name. While cigarette beetles are most famous for wreaking havoc in pantries, they also commonly chew through books, documents, and other paper products.

Cigarette Beetle Habitat

While cigarette beetles typically prefer damp or humid areas, they are found all over the world and will infest anywhere with an adequate food source. These beetles do not hibernate, so they can invade homes year-round. Infestations often spread quickly, as females are capable of laying over 30 eggs in a span of 3 weeks. Females generally lay their eggs directly on top of food, which allows larvae to feed immediately after hatching. Adult cigarette beetles are also strong fliers, so they can access difficult-to-reach areas.

Cigarette Beetle Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Though cigarette beetles are not known to be aggressive or dangerous to human health, they are known for spoiling large amounts of food products in a short period of time. These beetles will chew through everything, from tobacco products to dried food to books. By laying eggs on your food and chewing up your belongings, cigarette beetles can cause a significant amount of destruction quite quickly. That’s why we recommend contacting a professional beetle exterminator as soon as you see the signs of cigarette beetles in your home.