Beetle Identification & Prevention
There are around 350,000 different species of beetles living worldwide. They are a diverse group of organisms with varying appearances, food preferences, and habitats. Use this guide to learn about the beetles that call our region home.
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What are beetles?
Did you know that about one-quarter of all animal species are beetles? Beetles belong to the order Coleoptera, the largest group of animals living worldwide. The word Coleoptera means "sheathed wing." Beetles are set apart from other insects because their first pair of wings has developed into hard protective sheaths that cover their delicate hind (flight) wings. When at rest, their wings form a distinct line down their backs. In addition to their unique wing structure helping to identify them, we also identify beetles by their chewing mouthparts.
Though 30,000 different types of beetles live across the United States, in Athens and the surrounding areas, the following species commonly invade houses and other structures:
- Carpet beetles
- Cigarette beetles
- Drugstore beetles
- Sawtooth grain beetles
Beetles play essential roles in nature, including breaking down waste and dead or decaying animal or plant matter, aerating the soil, and feeding on and controlling garden pests. However, when beetles move into our homes, they are unwanted pests, and you must eliminate them quickly.
Are beetles dangerous?
Beetles are dangerous because of their ability to be destructive and contaminate food sources. Depending on the species, they feed on and damage natural or synthetic fabrics, wood, dry food items, crops, and stored products.
Adult female beetles lay their eggs on suitable food sources; when the larvae emerge from the eggs, they begin feeding. In the case of carpet, cigarette, drugstore, sawtooth grain beetles, and many other species, the larva is the life stage that causes the most damage.
Keeping beetles out of your Athens home is important in preventing the damage these pests can cause.
Why do I have a beetle problem?
Beetles can invade our houses on their own or after we unintentionally bring them indoors. Light attracts adult beetles; the exterior lights of our homes regularly draw them to the windows and doors. As they move around, they enter through small gaps and cracks they come across. Once inside, they quickly search for places to rest and lay their eggs.
Hitchhiking is another common way beetles enter our homes. Purchasing food or wood already infested with beetle eggs or larvae is a common way beetle infestations begin. They also move from structure to structure inside items like rugs, blankets, clothing, and upholstered furniture.
Where will I find beetles?
In addition to outdoor spaces like wooded areas, gardens, and flower beds, beetles regularly end up in our homes. Other structures that beetles can become comfortable in include restaurants, museums, food processing and storage facilities, pet stores, and grocery stores.
The small size of beetle eggs and larvae makes them easy to overlook. However, if you are regularly spotting beetles crawling on your home's walls, windows, and light fixtures, know that you are likely dealing with a beetle infestation. The fastest and most effective way to solve beetle problems is to contact a local pest control professional.
How can I prevent beetles in the future?
You can take several steps to help prevent beetles from taking over your home:
- Seal entry points in your home's foundation, exterior walls, and gaps around windows and doors
- Never purchase dry goods that have rips or tears in the packaging
- Remove dry goods, including pet food, from their original containers and store them in your home in airtight containers
- Place fabric items you are storing away in plastic containers with locking lids, not cardboard boxes
- Regularly vacuum your house, including under furniture and the cushions of upholstered furniture
Eradicating beetles is best done with the help of a professional. Beetles are experts at hiding in our houses. At American Pest Control, our universal technicians know their most common hideouts and will find, treat, and remove all the beetles inside your Athens home.
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Beetles are common household pests; keep them out of your home with our help! Call (706) 702-4532 or contact us online today for local beetle control.
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