2. How to Detect A Cigarette Beetle Infestation In 48 hours, a bad beetle infestation can destroy every cigar in a humidor, or an entire box of cigars. Head: The head is bent down and barely visible from above. All three species belong to the family Ptinidae. Size: The adult beetle is a small insect (2 to 3 mm). It is a stored product pest throughout the world. The life cycle of the Cigarette Beetle (egg to egg) is generally 30-90 days. 1. Lasioderma serricorne, commonly known as the cigarette beetle, cigar beetle, or tobacco beetle, is an insect very similar in appearance to the drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum) and the common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum). 3. In your home, you’ll find them all over the home, but mainly in dimly lit or dark areas. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way out of the tobacco. If a female beetle finds a home in your humidor, she will chew her way through the wrappers of your cigars and lay up to 100 eggs that will hatch into larvae within six to 10 days. Female beetles lay 10 to 100 eggs. The life cycle of a cigar beetle is highly dependent on temperature and food source, but often spans 40 to 90 days. This life cycle depends on the temperature and available food source. Color: It is usually light brown. Where do cigarette beetles live? The female beetles sneak into tobacco at some point during the production process and lay their eggs within the tobacco. The female adult can chew its way through paper or tobacco leaf, and finds in cigars a suitably warm environment to lay its eggs, small white ovals that are too small for the human eye to detect. As long as there’s a food supply, they’ll gladly inhabit the area. They get their name from eating stored tobacco and have been known to be a prolific best all around the world. Six to ten days later larvae will emerge and spend the next 5 to 10 weeks feeding. Obviously these larvae also poop as they eat and that’s where the black dust come from. There may be 3-6 generations per year. When things heat up and get too damp, beetle larvae can hatch and tunnel out of a cigar, leaving holes in their wake. Tobacco beetles have a life cycle - egg, larva, pupa and adult - that lasts about 10 to 12 weeks total. This gives the beetle a rounded or “humped” appearance. They live two to four weeks and prefer warm, humid climates. Adult Cigarette Beetles live from 23-28 days. Most beetle outbreaks can be stopped without too much hassle. Emerging from the egg, approximately six to ten days after the temperature triggers their birth, the larva live and feed off of your cigars, for roughly five to ten weeks. Of the four stages the beetle grows in and out of ( egg - larva - pupa - adult ), the larva stage is undoubtedly the most devastating for smokers. Left unchecked, the critters run rampant. The tobacco beetle is tiny, only two to three millimeters long in adulthood, but is extremely hungry and destructive. The cigarette beetle, Lasioderma serricorne (Fabricius), gets its name from attacking stored tobacco.