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Ground Beetle Identification


What are ground beetles?

Ground beetles, part of the scientific family Carabidae, get their name from their tendency to stay on the ground, usually hiding beneath stones and other items during the day. Adult ground beetles range in size from 1/16 to 3/8 of an inch long and have an elongated, somewhat flattened body shape. They are typically shiny black or black and brown in color, but some species are patterned or brightly colored. The head is narrower than the rest of the body and the legs are usually long and slender.

a ground beetle crawling on the ground outside of a home in west chester pennsylvania

Why do I have them?

Ground beetles are nocturnal and are attracted to light, so they may enter structures by crawling under door thresholds or fly in through open doors and windows at night when lights are on.

Are they dangerous?

Ground beetles are considered nuisance pests, but may give off a strong-smelling irritant if handled or threatened. This is not harmful to people or pets.

How do I get rid of ground beetles?

Ground beetles can be difficult to control because they are nocturnal pests that you may not see during the day. A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of ground beetles and recommend one of our 3 levels of service to help you get rid of ground beetles.

Can I do it myself?

Ground beetles are not a pest that many homeowners have much success in eliminating on their own. Many do-it-yourself repellents and sprays to rid your property of ground beetles simply do not work as the chemicals utilized in these products are not effective. Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets, or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.  

How soon can you get here?

Moyer's Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or the very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent, so most of our customers choose one of our three comprehensive, year-round programs to ensure ground beetles stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer provides comprehensive pest control service options in Souderton, Collegeville, Perkasie, and throughout the Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery counties as well as parts of the Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. Contact us today to learn more about the services available in your area!

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