Most sap beetles are found in damaged areas of fruits or vegetables in gardens or orchards. However, some also are important pests in the dried fruit industry as the product is in the process of being dried. In the Dried Fruit Beetle the female can lay over 1000 eggs on susceptible fruits, including those in waste piles. Eggs hatch in less than a week and the larvae complete their development in only about 2 weeks. The pupa stage lasts another one to two weeks, and under ideal conditions the entire development from egg to adult insect can be completed in only 15 days. Overwintering may be done in either the pupa or the adult stage.
Since the adults are attracted only to damaged fruits and vegetables and rarely go after whole, unbroken foods, they are not a problem for well maintained produce. Disposal of the damaged produce is effective, and storage in enclosed refrigerators or other containers will prevent their access.