Should I Be Worried About The Beetles In My Souderton Garden?
When ground beetles get into your Souderton garden, they can actually be a benefit. Ground beetles eat many of the pests that damage plants. Both larvae and adults eat their body weight in plant pests each day. That is good news if you want healthy plants in your garden. The problem with ground beetles isn't their impact on your garden, it is their ability to become a household pest when their populations get too large or they find a way to get into your home. Let's talk a little bit about how these beneficial garden insects can become frustrating household pests and, more importantly, what you can do about them.
Some people mistake garden beetles for cockroaches. This can lead to improper pest control measures and unnecessary concern. Beetles and cockroaches don't target the same food sources and cockroaches are very dirty insects. Beetles are not—well—they're dirty in a different way. They do, after all, live in the dirty. But that's not the dirt we're talking about. Cockroaches climb in sewers, dumpsters, trash cans, and other dirty places. Beetles don't. So it is important to know what a ground beetle looks like. They range from ⅛ of an inch to 1 full inch in length. They are black with an oval abdomen and a somewhat triangular-shaped thorax and head, which are the front half of the insect. Like other insects, they have six legs and two antennae.
When ground beetles get into your home, they're not going to invade your food or get into your trash. They're not likely to bite you and they don't spread diseases. They're also not going to reproduce in your home. They're just a nuisance. The more beetles you have, the more of a problem they will be.
Why Beetles Are Drawn to Your Home
There are only a few attractants. Obviously, the pests they feed on will bring them onto your property. But it is the conditions that attract pests to your home that can bring ground beetles in close.
- Moisture issues around your home will increase the population of bugs around your home. This will lure ground beetles in as well.
- Leaf piles, woodpiles, fallen trees, and stones are all a harborage for ground beetles. If you have these near your home, ground beetles will have a reason to be close to your foundation walls.
- Many insects are drawn to light and beetles are no exception. They love the light. Since ground beetles in our Souderton area are nocturnal by nature, exterior lights left on at night can be an issue. Light leaking out of your windows at night can also attract insects. It is a good idea to keep your shades drawn and exterior lights off where it doesn't present a security issue.
Beetle Entry Points
Ground beetles don't chew on wood or damage your home in other ways that will allow them to get in. They use holes created by other pests such as mice, rats, and carpenter ants. Some common locations wood-damaging pests attack are and how beetles get in:
- Weatherstripping around doors
- Door sweeps
- Door frames and the seals around door frames
- Window screens and window frames
- The seals around window frames
- The sole plates (also called sills) around the base of man-made structures
- Unprotected weep holes in brick homes
- Gaps around plumbing and wire conduit
- Chipped mortar or cracks in foundation walls
What to Do When Ground Beetles Get In
If you're seeing beetles in your home, it is wise to contact a licensed and experienced pest control provider like Moyer Pest Control. It is important to understand that, if ground beetles can get into your Souderton home, so can many other potentially harmful pests. Pests can damage your home, damage your belongings, bite and sting, and transmit diseases. While ground beetles aren't going to harm you, they're a warning sign that your home may have pests that can harm you.
We can help you click the reset button on pests inside your home. Once your home is pest-free, we can guide you in setting up pest protection to prevent future infestations. Reach out to us. We're standing by to assist you in setting up this important protection for your home and for your family.