This cosmopolitan insect is a serious pest of stored coffee beans, but has also been found feeding on citrus and the branches of fruit trees, as well as many other kinds of plants including nuts, cocoa, spices, dried fruits and grains. The larvae live within the food product and pupate there, with the adult insect boring its way out once it emerges from the pupa stage. Adult beetles may also feed on the stored food products as well as twigs of trees.
Discovery of the infested food products is necessary for the control of stored food pests. Once the infested materials are found they should be disposed of or dealt with in some other way to kill the insects within, such as fumigation or heating.