Deathwatch beetles like fungus damaged hardwood and some softwoods. Eggs are laid in the cracks of wood. Larvae burrow and create tunnels, leaving behind frass, once hatched. Adults make circular holes to exit the wood.
Get Rid of Beetles
Powderpost beetles are three different groups of wood-borers. They are the Lyctid, Bostrichid, and Anobiid beetles. Eggs are deposited in wood cracks, and the larvae burrow tunnels once hatched. Exit holes are made by adults.
The shiny spider beetle is a small insect that is not very common. Its reddish-brown in color and has very long legs. The preferred habitat is a damp area without much light. This is a scavenger that will infest homes.
The sawtooth grain beetle is a major pest of stored foods. It targets cracked or broken kernels. Females lay eggs inside the crevices of food. Though small, inspecting stored products for larvae is the best control method.
Plaster beetles thrive in damp environments. These are small insects that can live outdoors or indoors. They enter homes with moisture problems and feed on the mold. Control is best accomplished through environment removal.
The larder beetle is considered a serious pest of stored food products. Its known to have an affinity for cured meats and is often found on animal carcasses. Sanitation, insecticides, and dusts are effective control options.
Foreign grain beetles thrive in humid environments and invade homes to locate them. They eat mold and mildew from the earliest ages. Eliminating moisture is the best control method. Insecticides are, also, effective.
Flower beetles are common in gardens and flowerbeds. They are destructive outdoor pests that feed on pollen. Their ability to fly and appetite for flowers make them hard to control. The population peaks in mid-summer.
The elm leaf beetle is found throughout the U.S.. Larvae laid by females eat elm leaves until time to change to adults. Humans mostly know them as pests during fall and winter when they can enter houses looking to hibernate.
The drugstore beetle is a small brown insect that feeds on stored foods. They have a humped appearance. Eggs are laid on something the larvae can eat once hatched. This beetle will eat anything in a panty and any paper items.
The dried fruit beetle, or “Sap Beetle”, is known for attacking multiple types of fruit. They deposit eggs on fruit, and the hatched larvae eat it. The beetles cluster at homes and garbage cans creating a nuisance.
The cigarette beetle is oval shaped and light brown with holes in its back. Its diet is varied but they’re especially fond of stored tobacco and food in homes. Control starts with a thorough inspection of food in the home.
Asian beetles were imported to help control specific plant-eating insects. Lady beetles are commonly called “ladybugs”. They are beneficial but can be a nuisance when clustering. A vacuum cleaner may be the best control.
American spider beetle infestations often start at the nest of birds or rodents. These beetles are scavengers and look like mites. Adults move about at night. Inspection and sanitation are first steps to eliminating them.
Prevention is the best method to keep rodents out of a house. Ensure all openings to the outside are sealed with proper materials. Keep counters clean, food properly stored, trash sealed, and all of it away from the ground.
Termites can devastate a home. They feed on the products used in construction. Signs of damage are hollowed wood, mud tunnels at the foundation, piles of wings or swarms, blistered paint, and minimal water damage on walls.
The first step in controlling bedbugs is finding their hideout. Once located, a plan of action can be enacted. High heat, inescticides, and powders are all good at eliminating bedbugs. Consult a pest control expert for help.