There are many types of beetles that can cause serious damage to homes and commercial properties. Wood boring beetles fall under this category. An example are death watch beetles, which have larvae that enjoy snacking on wooden beams and other structures. Older homes built with untreated wood are often a target for these creatures.
The first signs of a wood boring beetle infestation are 1-1.5 mm holes in wood structures and wood dust left behind by the adult beetles exiting the wood. Another sign is “tunnels” found in wood, formed from the beetles eating their way through the wood.
Beetles spend their entire life searching for a mate and reproducing. Supermarket pesticides will kill adult beetles, however it will not affect the larvae. These beetles can be hard to get rid of alone, as larvae often hide inside wood and in tight crevices.
Carpet beetles feed on pollen as adults, however, their larvae will eat right through furniture, clothing, carpets, and other natural fibers. They will also eat animal products including leather, hair, feathers, wool, silk, dead insects, dried meat, and dried plant material.
Adult females will often lay their eggs in undisturbed, dark areas such as under baseboards, in closets, under furniture, in air ducts, and more. Once larvae hatch, they feed on any organic materials they can get to, and will cause extensive damage if not controlled. This can be problematic in kitchen cupboards and pantries if you do not regularly change out your groceries.
The best way you can prevent and control beetle infestations is by vacuum cleaning on a regular basis, dry cleaning and airing rugs and other fabrics outside, and removing old bird and insect nests. Naphthalene balls are a very effective deterrent, and scent and pheromone traps may help to control adult beetles.
Some beetles bite, while other beetles are harmless. The blister beetle is an example of a type of beetle that doesn’t bite humans, however merely coming into contact with one of these bugs can cause blisters and welts to form on your skin.
Some beetle species strictly eat plants, while other omnivorous beetles will eat plants, animals, and other insects. Generally, plants are a large part of most beetle diets. Beetles will usually eat anything ranging from organic matter, decomposed matter, leaves, other insects, and even wood.
Most species of beetles are completely harmless, however, there are some species that will end up damaging your home if they decide to move in with you. Carpet beetles are a type of beetle that will usually live in the fibres of carpets, and will eat through most types of fabrics, like carpets, leather, felt, wool, and more. On the other hand, wood-boring beetles are a type of beetle that chews through wood. These beetles enjoy chewing through all types of wood, ranging from furniture, support beams, walls, floors, and more. In numbers, these beetles have the potential to cause very expensive damage to your homes and properties.
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