Beetle Control Services
Our technicians are well equipped to get rid of beetles. By utilizing the latest materials and conscientious treatment, beetle control can be achieved. Beetle Control of most of these insects is included in our Quarterly Pest Control program.
- Cigarette Beetle: Cigarette Beetle derives its name from its habit of infesting all stages of tobacco. Adults are 1/16 – 1/8″ long, are reddish-brown and have distinctive pits on their wing covers. The larvae are very destructive, feeding on a variety of items: paprika, cigars, cigarettes, coffee beans, dried fruits, drugs, flour, grains, pepper, seeds, spices, etc. In homes, they often infest dry dog food and paprika. Control involves the careful elimination of all infested commodities and the services of a professional pest control operator to kill the exposed stages of the pest and to apply a growth regulator to impede future potential generations.
- Drugstore Beetle: This pest of stored products and herbs of worldwide in distribution. The adults are 1/16 – 1/8″ long, reddish-brown in color, but it is the larvae that cause great damage to any household food or spice, preferring red spices. Adults are attracted to light and will fly. Control involves carefully locating and eliminating all contaminated items, then utilizing the services of a pest control operator to kill the exposed stages and utilize a growth regulator to prevent future populations.
- Ground Beetle: These beetles gain their name from being found on or under the ground, often under rocks or concrete slabs. They typically enter structures during times of stress – too hot, too wet, too dry – and give off an unpleasant odor if crushed. Perimeter pesticide applications by a trained professional should help to reduce these occasional invaders.
- Lady Bird Beetles (Lady Bugs): Although the overwhelming majority of lady bird beetles, or lady bugs, are beneficial through their consumption of a variety of pests, they sometimes invade homes or business in such great numbers to overwinter that professional control is welcomed. Temporary relief through vacuuming or the use of glue traps on windowsills is possible, but complete physical barriers such as caulking and screening, may not be thorough enough. Pesticidal remedies are available through trained professionals.
- Long-Horn Beetles: The common name is derived from the long antennae, which are usually longer than the body, and usually longest in the males of each species. Although their larvae consume wood, they do not re-infest structures after the first generation has hatched, as they prefer to infest living trees. As the larvae mature, their rasping sounds may be audible. Because they do not usually re-infest structural wood, treatment is rarely required. Have the infestation examined by a trained professional pest control operator to determine if treatment is required.
- Red Flour Beetle: This reddish beetle is a major pest of flour. The adults are about 1/8″ long, but it is the larvae that cause the greatest damage to processed food products, including snuff, cayenne pepper, dried fruit, milk chocolate, drugs, and shelled nuts. Adults can fly, and are attracted to light. Control involves carefully locating and eliminating all contaminated items, then utilizing the services of a pest control operator to kill the exposed stages and utilize a growth regulator to prevent future populations.
- Powderpost Beetle: This pest of structural wood is about 1/4″ long. They attack hardwoods and softwoods, preferring sapwood. The larvae eat wood, and the sawdust coming from their exited galleries is powdery but gritty, especially when consuming softwoods. They actually can digest wood cellulose. In structures, they require wood with moisture in the range of 13 – 30%, but older than 10 years. If the infestation is active, localized treatment with boron-bearing compounds can be made by a professional pest control operator. (Powderpost Beetles are not covered with Quarterly Pest Control Programs and priced separately.)
We would love to talk further with you about beetle control services. If you are interested, please capture and store beetles in a plastic bag or container so we can properly identify which beetle you may have and then discuss control options available. If you are experiencing issues of beetles feeding on landscape plants, and looking for Japanese Beetle Control, these pests are best treated with our Tree & Shrub Care services.