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Beetle Facts & Information

How To Identify & Control Beetles

Appearance

What Do They Look Like?

Size: Beetles come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Some, like the click beetles, are long and slender. Some beetles like lady beetles and June beetles (also known as June bugs) have an oval or rounded shape. There are even beetles that resemble spiders.

Characteristics: Beetles have well-developed antennae and chewing mouthparts.

Wings: Beetles have shell-like front wings known as elytra. These front wings are often very hard and appear more like a shell than wings. The beetle folds the front wings so they cover the back wings. They are durable and waterproof, serving as protection against damage and dehydration. Most adults seem to have a line down their back where the two front wings meet. Beetles are often poor fliers.

How Did I Get Beetles?

Different materials attract specific types of beetles into homes and yards. Many species seek out stored grains and packaged foods, while others feed on garden plants, wood, or fabric. Homeowners may accidentally bring the pests into the house along with infested products.

The search for shelter may also bring beetles indoors. Some of these pests overwinter in homes to avoid cold weather. They may enter the house through cracks in the foundation or gaps around door and window frames.
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How Serious Are Beetles?
Types of Problem Beetles

How Serious Are Beetles?

Beetles are a nuisance because of their ability to damage stored food and property. The pests can damage: Clothes, Crops, Decor, Furniture, Packaged goods,

Types of Problem Beetles

There are three basic groups that may require treatment inside our homes and businesses:

Fabric-infesting beetles
Food product beetles
Wood-destroying beetles

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BEETLES FACTS

  • Adult beetles have two sets of wings
  • Female beetles usually lay dozens or hundreds of eggs.
  • Most beetles only live for a year.
  • Beetles cannot see very well, so they communicate using pheromones, sounds or vibrations.
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