Beetles are interesting insects that come in a variety of shapes and sizes and even colors. Click beetles for instance are elongated and thin while June beetles and lady beetles are rounded and oval. There are even some species of beetles that resemble spiders.
As for types, there are thousands of different species of beetles that exist. The more common ones that could infest your home are pine beetles, wood beetles, bark beetles, click beetles, June beetles, carpet beetles and lady beetles.
There are a host of these small insects that can invade your home, but some infestations are more serious or more financially devastating than others. Now, how exactly can you identify a beetle infestation?
HOW TO IDENTIFY A BEETLE INFESTATION
Appearance – Although there are way more than 25,000 different beetle species in North America, all beetles share some features. Regardless of species, all beetles have two, hard, shell-like wings that cover more delicate wings underneath. These second wings are used for short flights (beetles are generally poor fliers). Most adult beetles sport a line down their backs that show where the two front wings meet. Beetles also have well-developed mouthparts (used for chewing) and antennae. The first step in discovering a beetle infestation is identifying that what you are seeing are beetles. Since most of them have the same general body shape, this part is fairly easy, only that you might not know which particular beetle you are dealing with.
Behavior – Seeing a lot of beetles, or a dramatic increase in the number of beetles in your house or on your property is one way of identifying a beetle infestation. Different species of beetles feed on different sources of food, which can all be troublesome. While some beetles feed on plants which can negatively affect your garden and lawn, others feed on wood, including the wood your home may be made of, and others feed on fabric .
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE BEETLES
Beetles may decide to infest your house for different reasons. These reasons also depend on the kind of beetle invading your property:
– Beetles often seek out properties with a lot of vegetation for the plants themselves, as well as the pests that are attracted to the plants. They also may enter homes for shelter and food sources if they feed on wood.
– Beetles can enter your house through openings around the doors and windows and cracks in your foundation.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR BEETLE PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
Some beetles can be harmless to you and your family as well as beneficial to your property by keeping other bug populations under control – until they start eating your garden or home as repayment for their good deeds. Here are some problem beetles and what they do to your home:
– Wood beetles can cause lots of damage to wooden structures in your house including furniture and other items made of wood. They can live in wood for years before they become adults. You definitely do not want wood beetles to invade your house.
– Pine beetles are anathema to pine trees everywhere, especially weak ones. If you happen to have pine trees in your backyard, you need to protect them from the beetles before they can have their way with your trees.
– The larvae of Carpet beetles are quite accomplished at going through natural fibers and feathers. They do a number on your fabrics, including woolens and other kinds.
– Flour beetles and grain beetles go for the food in your house and damage them. They can also infest food production facilities.
– Other beetles damage your lawns and landscape. Immature June beetles are great at messing with plant roots while elm leaf beetles eat leaves off of trees, thereby damaging them.
You can see that beetle infestations can turn out to be very costly for you, depending on what part of your house they are attacking. How can you get rid of them?
HOW TO HANDLE BEETLE INFESTATION
An effective beetle removal program is needed to keep your yard and home safe from overpopulation and costly beetle damage problems. Evaluating the beetle population is important to determine if a beetle problem exists, and what species of beetle is causing the problem. This assessment will lead to customized beetle treatments to provide beetle control to your property and home.
We have been in this business for a while and we know how to get rid of the particular beetle problem that you have, because this is not a case of one treatment fits all. You won’t need to worry about that particular beetle problem anymore, email us or call us to get your beetle infestation sorted right away.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER BEETLE INFESTATION
Here are some helpful tips that will help you protect yourself against further beetle infestations in the future:
– Make sure you inspect foodstuff, fabrics, clothes, wooden items like furniture and other materials that can harbor beetles thoroughly before making any purchases.
– Try and control the level of moisture in your house. Beetles, like most living things, need water to survive, and having leaky pipes or faucets in your house can make it conducive for a beetle population to thrive.
– Lots of beetles are attracted to lights in your homes or places of work. Make some effort to reduce the brightness or attractiveness of these sources of light.
– Beetles find their way into your house through cracks, holes, and crevices. It is a good idea to make an effort to block these access points.
– It is not a bad idea to practice good sanitation in your house. Keep everything properly arranged and dry and remove any unnecessary food or item that could potentially harbor beetles. Use the vacuum frequently to get to hard to reach places where dirt and debris usually accumulate
– Finally, do not get in the habit of accumulating old fabrics that you don’t wear or use. Regularly clean out your closet, give fabric beetles little reason to invade your closet.