Beetles Help Maintain A Healthy Ecosystem
March 26, 2018
Beetles can be particularly troubling pests because of their ability to reproduce quickly and to consume vegetation at an alarming rate. These pests can be found all throughout the world and even twenty-five thousand different species have been discovered in North America alone. Despite their generally small size, beetles can decimate garden crops and vegetation, as well as wood and fabric. They’re often even unintentionally transported inside the home by unaware homeowners, where they’ll quickly consume almost any material they can get their mandibles on.
Beetles are largely dormant in the winter, but in warmer weather the beetle activity explodes beginning in March or April and continuing through the summer. More beetles mean that the chances of them finding their way inside your home also increase. These pests can sometimes find their way indoors through cracks and crevices in the foundation of your home, as well as through exterior-facing vents and pipes. Gaps around doors and window panes are also common entry points. Be sure to sufficiently caulk these areas wherever you may find them.
Like many other types of insects, beetles are attracted to moisture, so be sure to keep areas of your home dry where moisture tends to collect, like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Many species of beetles have no qualms about eating food stored in improperly sealed containers, and they can even eat through cardboard boxes and many types of packaging. Maintaining thorough sanitation inside your home is generally a good idea to avoid pest infestations of all kinds, and to mitigate the risk of contracting a pest-transmitted disease like hantavirus. Beetles also love to live under decomposing compost and other lawn detritus. These pests are vital when it comes to the maintenance of the ecosystem, as they help break down and recycle plant matter.
Prevention and exclusion are some of the most effective measures that pest control professionals use against beetles. Knowing what species of beetles are impacting your home is also critical, as different species have varied behaviors, diets, and breeding patterns. Wood-boring beetles, for example, require a much more elaborate removal method which may include controlling wood moisture, using surface covers, freezing, and employing insecticide treatments. Bark beetles can be equally challenging pests to get rid of. This particular species lays its eggs beneath the bark of trees, whereupon the young beetles bore into the wood of the tree, ultimately weakening and potentially killing it.
Cantu Pest & Termite is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service. Our Texas beetle control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and ongoing pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.
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.