Beetles are easily identified by their hard outer shell, which covers their wings. Their wings are exposed only during flight. A beetle’s body consists of three sections: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.
How Beetles Enter Your New Jersey or Pennsylvania Home
There are more than 5 million different species of beetles so entry into your home will vary. Of the most common species in our service area you are most likely to bring them home with you either in food purchased at a store, used items like oriental rugs that were already infested or improper storage of items that may attract them.
Beetles Commonly Found in New Jersey & Pennsylvania:
Carpet Beetles: As their name suggests these pests feed on your carpeting. They have a rainbow-like colouring on their back and between their location and unique colors they are pretty easily identified. Since they feed on carpeting and upholstery they can cause damage around a home and you should work with a pest professional to control them.
Merchant Grain Beetles: A type of stored product pest, this beetle is typically brought home in dry cereals, cake mixes, pastas, etc. They have small flat bodies. To control them you must uncover the source of the infestation and remove any food items that are infested. Thoroughly clean the pantry or food storage area for long-term control.
Lady Beetles: This nuisance pest is a big problem in many of our service areas. Prevention is the best means of control and in order to prevent them from moving into your home you must ensure that all cracks and crevices around the home are caulked or filled and screens and doors are intact. Once inside you can vacuum up populations of them. Contact a pest professional if indoor numbers of lady beetles become high.
Wood Boring Beetles: Wood borers like the powderpost beetle infest wood sources around your home. They lay eggs in the cracks and crevices of the wood which later tunnel into the wood, damaging it. They are known to attack hardwood floors, antiques and any items made of hardwood. They can cause a lot of damage to wood structures primarily because while the wood is being eaten, the beetles remain unseen. This is true of Powder Post Beetles, Old House Borer Beetles, Bark Beetles, Citrus Long-Horned Beetles, Asian beetles, and other species. Powder Post Beetles, amongst others, grow from eggs that are laid in the wood. Another species of beetle, the Citrus Long-Horned Beetle, was introduced into the United States as recently as 1999, and is currently without any natural enemies. Although not known as yet, the damage they will create is expected to be extensive.
Treatment of Beetles
Treating for beetles requires proper knowledge of the type of beetle species you are trying to eliminate. Wood eating beetles, for instance, cannot be effectively treated using sprays because they are located deep within wood. If you think you may have a beetle infestation, your local pest professionals will have the knowledge, resources and solution to the problem.