What are beetles?
Beetles belong to the largest order of insects, with more than 25,000 living throughout North America. The most common beetles we come across are Asian lady beetles in our area. Beetles are unique insects, and you can identify them by the following physical characteristics.
- Three distinct body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen
- Six jointed legs
- Well developed antennae
- Chewing mouthparts
- Shell-like front wings (elytra) that cover their second pair of delicate wings they use to fly
- A distinct line down the beetles back where the front wings meet
While not true beetles, stink bugs and boxelder bugs are also common in our area and have sucking, piercing mouthparts like other beetles. Learning more about these pests and implementing ongoing home pest control services will help you guard your property against them.
Are beetles dangerous?
Beetles are dangerous to have in our homes, not because of any harm they cause directly to people, but because of the damage they cause to our homes and personal belongings.
When it comes to beetles, know that it is not the adults that are most damaging but their larvae. Adult females lay their eggs on a suitable food source, and then when the larvae hatch, they begin feeding on the food provided. Depending on the species, beetles damage fabrics, plants, wood, rugs, leather, upholstered furniture, and contaminate dry goods.
Why do I have a beetle problem?
Beetles live outside all around us but often find a way into homes and other man-made structures. There are several different ways they get into your home:
- Through gaps around windows, doors, or other openings in your home’s exterior
- Spaces around wires, pipes, and other utilities entering your home
- Damaged door trim
- Within secondhand items
- Within dry goods purchased from the store
- In potted plants that were outside then moved inside
Where will I find beetles?
Where beetles prefer to call home depends on their species. For instance, the Asian lady beetle is common in lawns and gardens because they like to feed on various aphids and other gardens pests. Living in our yards puts them close to our homes and allows these beetles to move indoors to overwinter in attics, behind wall voids, and under floors.
Beetles tend to live in dark, quiet areas, no matter the species. In our homes, beetles congregate in closets, upholstered furniture, pantries, storage boxes, and inside dry goods stored in pantry areas.
Boxelder bugs and stink bugs also often wind up in our homes, using them as a place to overwinter; they will congregate in the same areas as Asian lady beetles, moving back outside once the weather warms up.
How do I get rid of beetles?
Turn to Maple Lane Pest Control to help maintain a home not overrun by unwanted beetles and other household pests. With over 40 years of experience in the Macomb County, MI pest control industry, you can trust us to have your best interests at heart.
Our professionals know that pest control in Warren isn’t a one-size-fits-all business and will take the time to get to know you, your family, and your property to ensure we provide you with the most effective pest solutions. By performing thorough inspections, our professionals get to the root of your pest problems, perform effective treatments, and implement a regular maintenance program. Reach out today and speak with one of our helpful and dedicated residential and commercial pest management professionals in Warren to learn more!
How can I prevent beetles in the future?
Beetle control is best accomplished by partnering with a professional that can provide routine pest control services. In addition to professional pest control, the following things can help you prevent future problems with these unwanted pests.
- Always inspect plant boxes and storage containers that have been outside for beetles before bringing the items inside.
- Make sure weatherstripping is around windows and doors.
- Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Seal cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Replace or repair damaged siding or roof shingles.
- Always inspect dry goods before purchasing them from the grocery store to ensure the packaging is free of rips and tears.