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Souderton's Handy Guide To Beetle Control 

March 8, 2021

 

There are several common species of beetles in Souderton, Pennsylvania. These species are saw-tooth beetles, cigarette beetles, and ground beetles. No matter the species, as a Souderton resident, it is important to know how to identify and control beetle populations.

Identifying Common Beetle Species

Identifying which beetle species you are dealing with can help prevent and control processes because of their different habits.

  • Saw-tooth beetles have six saw-like ridges on each side of the thorax. Their bodies are brown, thin, and flat. Saw-tooth beetles do not fly and have a lifespan of six to ten months. 

  • Cigarette beetles are known for attacking tobacco storages, hence their name. They are small, light brown, and have a hump-shaped appearance. They don't only eat tobacco. They can eat a wide variety of food that can be found in any household pantry.

  • Ground beetles is a term that refers to a large variety of beetle species with varying appearances. The most common ground beetles vary from shiny black to brown. Their bodies can appear to be iridescent green. One notable attribute of ground beetles is their wing covers, which have lengthwise grooves.

a ground beete looking for food

No matter the species, beetles may come into your Souderton home for a variety of reasons. Knowing what attracts these insects into your home can help you prevent them.

Why Beetles Invade Homes

One of the main reasons any pest enters a home or business is to find food. Foods such as nuts, cereals, rice, spices, dried fruits and meats, and pet food are adequate food sources. 
 
Another reason beetles will enter a home is for water. Sources such as a leaking pipe or roof provide the water beetles need to survive. Excess humidity is another factor that attracts beetles.
 
Many beetle species are attracted to light. Leaving lights on can attract beetles onto your property or into your home.

Problems Beetles Cause

Beetles can cause a whole host of problems, whether outside on your property or inside your home. These problems include beetle larvae chewing through water-damaged wood, damaging furniture, and ruining fabrics. Beetles can also chew through cardboard food packages and contaminate food with shed body parts and feces. Shed body parts and waste can also cause allergic reactions and make existing asthma worse.

Beetles reproduce rapidly. A small infestation can grow and become overwhelming quickly. With more beetles comes more problems. This is why it is essential to prevent pests rather than waiting until they invade to try to get rid of them.

Beetle Prevention Tips

It is easier to prevent a pest infestation than it is to get rid of one. The following are prevention tips every Souderton resident should practice, to try to keep their homes and properties free of unwanted beetles:

  • Store food, including pet food, in air-tight containers. Because beetles can chew through cardboard, it may be best to transfer both opened and unopened products into air-tight containers for maximum protection.

  • Fix leaking pipes and leaking roofs properly. This includes removing water-damaged wood and furniture from your property. 

  • Regular vacuuming and dusting are essential to prevention as well. A clean home is less likely to attract beetles.

    Make sure to seal cracks and crevices around door and window frames and in the walls and floors.

Expert Help For Beetle Control

For more advice and assistance, contact the professionals at Moyer Pest Control. Moyer Pest Control is here to help with a broad range of services for both residential and commercial customers. With a click of a button, you can schedule service with one of our knowledgeable and experienced professionals. 

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