Beetle Pest Control and Extermination Services
There are a lot of pests that can bother people, but beetles are often underrated in this category. With more than 300,000 species of beetle, they can cause more surprise and harm than a lot of people realize. But, when you know about the most common house beetles, you can harm yourself and manage your own beetle pest control.
Carpet and Warehouse Beetles
Several species of beetles tend to be grouped under these names because of their similarities. The easiest way to recognize them is by the yellow, white and brown patterns on their backs and wings. They’re capable of flight, but you’ll more often find them crawling.
Carpet and warehouse beetles get their common name from the things they tend to infest. Usually, any unsealed food will be found by these beetles. Once they get into the food, they’ll reproduce rapidly and the food is ruined. Keep in mind that this can be any dry goods. Pet food is a common source of the infestation.
The best way to prevent carpet and warehouse beetles is to keep your food sealed. If you do find them, dispose of the infested food in sealed bags far away from the house. Of course, you can also call the exterminator to make sure the job is handled from the start.
There are a few different types of blister beetles in Utah. They tend to be one inch or less in length, and they are often attracted to light. They’re known for eating plants, and they can devastate gardens and lawn vegetation. In fact, this is where you’re most likely to find them. They may occasionally wander inside to follow a light source, but they mostly prefer to be among plants.
Blister beetles get their name from their defense mechanism. When threatened, they secrete a fluid that can irritate the skin and cause blisters. It’s more of a nuisance than a source of harm, but it’s not entirely enjoyable to experience. More importantly, a buildup of this fluid can actually be harmful to plant-eating animals if the beetles infest food stores.
Weevils are the largest group of beetles, encompassing more than 1,000 different species. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors, but they still tend to be small. Weevil infestations can get out of hand pretty fast. They typically sneak into the house inside of packaged foods or bulk products. Since the eggs are too small to see with the naked eye, it’s all too easy to bring something home that contains weevils.
The major problem is that they, like most beetles, can get into your food stores and ruin them. Once again, dried food is at the greatest risk. They are also known to kill house plants and susceptible garden plants. Fortunately, they tend to rank more as a pest than a danger.
How Do You Get Rid of Beetles?
Since beetle infestations can make life uncomfortable, it’s important to have a method to treat the problem.
A four-tiered approach can eliminate beetles regardless of their classification:
- Inspect the problem to identify the type of beetle and full scope of infestation.
- Create a custom treatment plan that will eliminate the beetles.
- Educate in order to help prevent a return of the problem.
- Monitor to verify that the extermination was a complete success