Beetles Can Pose Problems On Farms & Gardens
May 14, 2017 - Beetles
Many species of beetles can prove damaging to humans, especially in an agricultural sense. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. While some species are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while some other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.
Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are rounded or oval-shaped. They have firm antennae and chewing mandibles and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell.
In general terms, they can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles. Flour and grain beetles feed on food products in homes and have also been known to damage food production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.
They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers. During the fall and winter, these insects may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these periods, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.
Some kinds of beetles can be removed simply by using a vacuum or a broom, but your pest control professional will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside the home or business. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white light bulbs to less enticing yellow lights.
In the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as moisture-free as possible.
Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the location of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.
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If beetles or other pests have made unwanted appearances around your home or business, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced beetle removal experts.