Drugstore beetles, also known as cigarette beetles, are common pests in many NYC kitchens. They are small, reddish-brown with a distinctive club-shaped antennae. To recognize drugstore beetles, look for small, round holes in food packages and containers. You may also find a light, yellow powdery substance, which is the larvae's excrement.
To prevent drugstore beetles, it is important to keep food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Throw away any food that appears to be infested, as well as any food packages that have small holes or the yellowish powdery beetle waste. Make sure to clean your pantry regularly, vacuum shelves and wipe down with a damp cloth.