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How to Get Rid of Beetles

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Nobody wants to have any insect or pest infestation in their homes and beetles are certainly not the ones you would want. Unlike other insects that just crawl about and just take a little of your food or buzz around, beetles actually go a step further and chew up most of the things in your home. From your carpets to your clothes and other things, they can eat anything in sight. 

What are beetles?

Beetles belong to the Endopterygota family of insects and are one of the most common insects found in the world. There are over 300,000 species of beetles all over the planet and they vary in size, color and habitat according to the region they belong to.

Mostly, they like to chew up on organic fiber based products and also wood. It is imperative that as soon as you find out that there is a beetle infestation, you adopt a proper procedure for removing them because otherwise, they will spread all over your house chewing away different things. The worst part is that they breed really fast and lay their larvae on your things. So, if you see a beetle  crawling about, don’t just ignore it otherwise they will be a whole lot of beetles scattered all over your house.

Signs of a beetle infestation

The signs vary for every beetle infestation but here are some common signs that should alert you about their presence in your home.

Most likely the beetle invading your home will be the carpet beetle because wood beetles usually reside in tree trunks. Carpet beetles leave behind brownish pellets on different places of the carpet or other surfaces and they also lay their larvae the same way. If you notice the larvae on window sills, behind different furniture or even on the carpet then it is a sure sign of a beetle infestation.

Carpet beetles not only feed on carpets or rugs but other organic fiber material such cotton, silk, wool, fur, etc., so you should better protect your closets from them as well.

The other kind of beetle that might be infesting your home is the Japanese beetle and it mostly feeds on food stored in the pantry such as flour, grains, sugar, etc. The grains tend to have a reddish tint to them and look chewed upon slightly. It is best to throw it all away because you don’t want to be consuming their larvae along with it.

How to get rid of beetles?

It might seem a bit difficult at first but once you get to it, getting rid of these pesky insects is easy as pie. You can do the following to get rid of them as soon as possible.

  • Vacuum

When you see a beetle on the carpet, removing it manually just doesn’t cut it because you only removed the one that you saw. There must be many hiding beneath the fibers of the carpet or their larvae which the naked eye can’t see easily. The best way to remove them from your carpet is to vacuum it directly. The suction from the vacuum will pull all the beetles out of the carpet and the heat will also kill the larvae instantly.

  • Beetle trap

Sometimes,  simple vacuuming won’t do much because beetles tend to explore other areas of your house for their food and finding new breeding grounds. This is where a beetle trap comes in to do its job. You can get the Xlure Beetle Floor Trap here at Solutions Pest & Lawn and your beetle problem will go away soon thereafter.

The beetle trap releases an smell that lures all the beetles in it and the poison inside kills them instantly. It’s like they are walking into in their own destruction and you don‘t even have to do anything much.

  • Pantry beetle baits

For the beetles that have invaded your food supply in your pantry or kitchen, the best way to get them is use a beetle trap. This trap releases pheromones and scents that make the beetles gravitate automatically towards them thinking its food. All you have to do is to place this beetle bait on the shelves and cabinets in the kitchen or even hang it somewhere they would easily crawl by and soon enough you will have beetles in your kitchen but they will all be dead.

  • Boric acid

The staple for any insect control has to be boric acid. Every home should have a supply of boric acid ready to kill off any bugs that might be invading your personal space.  Just dust some boric acid all over the area where you suspect the beetles to lurk around and sure enough they will be killed off in no time.

Solutionstores has a wide variety of products that have boric acid such as this one.

  • Vinegar

Using apple cider vinegar also helps warding off these pesky insects. Just wipe your table counters and other surfaces with vinegar to create an antibacterial coating.

How to prevent beetles in your home?

  • Inspect everything in your home.

  • Clean your house regularly and that should include vacuuming and mopping

  • Don’t keep a large supply of food in the pantry that would either rot or attract beetles.

  • Clean out your closets regularly as well to prevent. For clothes that are not going to be used in the current season, store them away in airtight containers or seal them in plastic bags.

  • Use insect spray every now and then just to make sure there aren’t any bugs around.

    Conclusion

  • Beetles can be irritating to deal with however if you use the tips and product suggestions we provide here you can rest easy knowing beetles won’t be flying around your yard or home anymore.

For more pest control tips and advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start up a live chat with our customer service experts.

 

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