Beetles Identification Guide

What are beetles?

ladybug on a leaf

Beetles make up the largest category of insects in the world, accounting for approximately 25% of all life forms on earth. In fact, there are more than 5 million different species of beetles.

Do I have a beetle infestation?

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. Adult beetles do not eat wood, only the beetle larvae do. When you see holes in either structural wood or in furniture, it is because the larvae have already left and you are seeing the exit holes. This could be an indication of a nearby infestation. Generally, beetles are attracted to the same type of wood from which they were born. Beetles can be found on commercial properties in Huntsville as well as in homes in the area.

Are all beetles bad?

Some beetles, such as the common Ladybug, are actually advantageous to have around. They are known to keep down the population of other insects, so you should not attempt to destroy them or any other beneficial beetle species.

How do I get rid of beetles?

Treating for beetles requires proper knowledge of the type of beetle species you are trying to eliminate. Wood-eating beetles, for instance, must be treated with specialized products that penetrate deep within the wood. If you think you may have a beetle infestation, your local pest professionals will have the knowledge, resources, and solution to the problem.  If you are worried about beetles in and around your home, trust the experts at Custom Pest Control for residential pest control in Northern Alabama!


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