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The Beetle Battle In West Chester

Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor

We have a lot of beetles in West Chester. They crawl around on the ground. They crawl around in leaf piles. They can be found in stacks of logs and in the cracks of rocks. Beetles are common yard insects. But, sometimes, they can become indoor pests. Here are a few things you should know.

What does a ground beetle look like?

Most ground beetles are black and shiny but some have bright shiny colors like green or blue. These are insects, so they have three body parts, six legs and two antennae. Beetles have a pill-shape with the head being slightly more pointed or noticeable small when compared to its other two parts. Ground beetles of the Dicaelus species are sometimes mistaken for cockroaches because there are some similarities in shape.

How do ground beetles get into West Chester Homes?

It can be mysterious how beetles get into West Chester homes. But our homes have a surprising number of vulnerabilities we don't know about. Since these insects crawl around on the ground, they enter through low points that are near to the ground. Some common entry points are:

  • Holes created by wood-damaging pests like mice, rats and carpenter ants. These are the most common entry points on this list. When dampness allows fungus, mold and algae to attach, it leads to wood rot. When wood rots, it becomes attractive to many wood-damaging pests. When wood-damaging pests create holes in wood, especially wood that is near the ground (like the sills of a home) it can give ground beetles and other pests entry points. To find these holes, you may need to get under a deck, porch or patio or get into a crawl space under your home.
  • Gaps around plumbing pipes that pass through foundation walls.
  • Gaps around PVC wire conduit.
  • racks in foundation walls, particularly around windows.
  • Gaps around window and door frames.
  • Holes or tears in window and door screens.
  • Cracked glass in basement windows.
  • Gaps under doors where door sweeps are missing or damaged.
  • Gaps in the corners of doors where weatherstripping is missing or damaged.
  • Cracks in brick mortar.
  • Sometimes ground beetles are carried inside with potted plants. If this is how they got in, you don't have too much to worry about. Ground beetles don't reproduce inside.

Many of these entry points can be addressed with a caulking gun and a high-quality silicone caulk. Larger openings and gaps may require expanding foam. Mortar can help address cracks around bricks and a foundation repair kit can fix most cracks in your foundation wall. 

What attracts ground beetles?

The more beetles you have crawling around on the ground near your foundation wall, the greater the chances that they'll get inside. Understanding what attracts them can help you prevent an infestation.

  • Tall grass.
  • Piles of leaves.
  • Brush piles.
  • Damp ground.
  • Dark, moist shaded locations during the day.
  • Landscape lighting at night.
  • Landscape rock and mulch.
  • Wood piles.

Are ground beetles dangerous?

No. Having a ground beetle infestation is not like having a cockroach infestation. Ground beetles aren't drawn to rotting organic material the way roaches are. They're also not known to spread diseases like ticks, fleas and other pests. And, while some species are able to bite, they rarely do. Ground beetles are just annoying.
 
When ground beetles get inside West Chester homes, the biggest threat isn't the beetles themselves; it is the toxic chemicals homeowners used to get rid of the beetles. It is ill-advised to lay down chemicals to deal with a pest that is as harmless as a ground beetle.
 
If you only have a few beetles in your home, an infestation can be easily squashed. Literally. But when you start seeing dozens or more, it is a good idea to have the problem checked out by a licensed professional. It is likely that you have another, far more important, pest problem going on or that your home is being significantly damaged by weather conditions. If you need assistance, the team at Moyer Pest Control is available to help.
 
Moyer Pest Control serves the West Chester area with industry-leading pest control. No matter what pests you're dealing with, we can give you the solution you're looking for. Connect with us today.

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