Beetles

What are beetles?

There are over 300,000 species of beetles living worldwide, so as you can imagine, beetles come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. What helps to identify beetles from other types of insects is their hardened outer wings, which cover their more delicate pair of second wings. Their outer wings meet in the middle of their body, making a distinctive line that goes down their back. Beetles also have chewing mouthparts and short antennae.

a beetle on bread

Are beetles dangerous?

Wood, plants, natural fibers, synthetic fibers, and pantry items are staples of the beetle’s diet. The females often lay their eggs on an appropriate food source, and once the larvae hatch, they begin to eat. Their breeding and feeding habits are unwanted in homes and businesses as they damage food sources and personal belongings.

Why do I have a beetle problem?

Beetles are most likely to become a problem inside of your home after being introduced accidentally. Rugs, upholstered furniture, storage boxes, dry goods, and plants can house hitchhiking beetle adults, larvae, or eggs. Adult beetles also sometimes find their way inside on their own after being attracted by outdoor lights. They usually move inside through spaces around windows and doors.

Where will I find beetles?

Beetles can thrive in many different environments. In our yards, these pests often take up residence in gardens, flower beds, on trees, in woodpiles, or under things like trash cans, compost piles, and potted plants.

Those that have either found their own way into homes or have hitchhiked inside live in areas that provide them with appropriate breeding and feeding sites. Typically kitchens, bathrooms, basements, closets, pantries, and other dark storage areas house beetles.

How do I get rid of beetles?

Get rid of unwanted beetles with the help of the professionals from Bold Servicing. Benefits to choosing us to eliminate pests from your home or business include our superior services, competitive prices, and exceptional customer support. Our premium services are convenient, effective, and eco-friendly. To learn more about our full-service pest control plan options, reach out to us today and speak with one of our helpful professionals! Bold Servicing is dedicated to keeping Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater area homes and businesses free of bugs and other pests!

How can I prevent beetles in the future?

Here are some prevention tips to help you keep beetles and other pests out of your Florida home.

  • Replace white outdoor bulbs with yellow bulbs or LED bulbs because they are less attractive to beetles.

  • Keep adult beetles that do find a way to your home out by sealing cracks and crevices around windows, doors, and the foundation. 

  • Don’t purchase food from a store that has holes or tears in the packaging. 

  • Store dry goods in your home in hard-sided containers with airtight lids. 

  • Don’t use cardboard boxes as a way to store clothing, fabrics, or food in your home. Instead, use pest-proof containers. 

  • Regularly vacuum and dust your house.

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