Rice In Sri Lanka - Pests of Rice
Red flour beetle
Red flour beetle is a secondary pest and their damage is extensive in previously holed or broken grains. Both larvae and adults damage the seeds. The larvae are yellowish white. The head is pale brown. They are about 6 mm long when fully grown. Pupae are yellowish white at the early stages and become brown in colour later. The adult is flat and reddish brown in colour.
This pest could be controlled by following sanitary measures and spraying pririmiphos methyl to the stores and gunny bag before use.