What You Need To Know About Beetles
Beetles are insects that regularly find their way into our West Houston yards and homes. Like other pests, they will make themselves comfortable anywhere they have easy access to food, water, and shelter. Controlling beetles is best done with the help of professional and regular pest control services.
What are beetles?
Beetles are insects with a unique wing structure that helps identify them against other types of insects. The first pair of wings are hardened and provide a protective shell for the second pair of wings. The second pair of wings are delicate and used for flying. The first pair of wings form a noticeable line down their back when at rest.
One of the more common beetles in our West Houston homes is the weevil. They are known for their elongated snouts and are considered pantry pests, feeding on whole grains and seeds and contaminating food stored in pantries.
More than 30 thousand species of beetles live throughout the United States, each with different behaviors and appearances. If you see beetles around your property, it is always best to contact a professional for help identifying them.
Are beetles dangerous?
Most beetles aren't dangerous to people, but they can be quite damaging to our property; a beetle infestation can cause:
- Food contamination.
- Damage to garden plants and crops.
- Damage to upholstered furniture, rugs, and clothing.
While beetles can seem harmless in large numbers, the damage they cause can become quite extensive. Removing beetles that have taken over your property as quickly as possible is always best.
Why do I have a beetle problem?
If your yard has a suitable food source, it will attract the attention of beetles. Gardens, trees, flowers, and other plants provide food sources for many beetles. Some beetles can eat the plants themselves, while others feed on pests like aphids that feed on garden plants.
Weevils typically become a problem in a home after they are introduced accidentally from infested products purchased from the store.
Where will I find beetles?
Where you are going to discover beetles largely depends on their exact species. Weevils are in your home because they are breeding and feeding on an appropriate food source that you have stored inside your kitchen cabinets or pantry. Things like seeds, rice, beans, bird food, and oatmeal often become a source of nutrition for weevils.
Other types of beetles may live most of their lives outside but find their way into our homes to escape the cooler temperatures of winter. Gathering spots for overwintering beetles are usually attics, wall voids, and crawl spaces.
Most beetles prefer to live in dark, quiet spaces, so it can take some time to notice that these insects have taken over your yard or home. Preventative pest control services are a great way to avoid problems with beetles!
How do I get rid of beetles?
Get rid of beetles with the help of the local pest control professionals at Samson Pest and Termite Services. "Our Service Is Our Strength."
We know the beetles that live in our region of Texas, and our pest control technicians are the best in the area. They understand the local needs of all our customers and how to provide the tailored services necessary to eliminate beetles and keep them from returning!
Serving West Houston, we are dedicated to our customers and committed to being Houston's best choice for pest control! To learn more about our quality pest control options, reach out today.
How can I prevent beetles in the future?
Use the following helpful tips to avoid living with large numbers of beetles:
- Vacuum frequently to eliminate beetles that are hiding throughout your house.
- Seal entry points leading into your home; gaps around windows and doors, torn screens, and cracks in exterior walls.
- Leave a barrier between landscaping, shrubs, bushes, and your home's exterior.
- Inspect plants you are purchasing for beetles.
- Always store dry goods in airtight containers.
- Never purchase flour, cereal, or other dry goods from the store if there are rips or holes in the packaging.
If you want to learn more about our beetle control services, call now!