Beetle infestations are a common pest problem in South Florida. About 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 400,000 species), and new species are frequently discovered.
Beetles can be found in almost all habitats. Many are considered pantry pests that may be brought in along with food products purchased at a store, such as the Colorado potato beetle, the flour beetle and more while others will feed on fibers within the home like that of cotton or even our furnishings, some beetles can destroy our trees and plantings outdoors. Below is a look at some of the most common beetles posing problems for our Florida service area.
Carpet beetles are a common household pest, dark brown in color and up to 1/4 inch in length. They can be a very serious household threat because it feeds on natural fibers and can specifically damage carpets, furniture and clothing. Therefore, pest control for carpet beetles is often required to protect your soft furnishings.
Adult carpet beetles usually lay their eggs on or near wool rugs, in air ducts, closets, furniture, or under baseboards. Once hatched, the larvae hide in dark undisturbed areas and feed on organic material. The larvae are responsible for the damage of various household items, including furniture, clothing, blankets, furs, and carpets. Adults typically become a problem in the spring and early summer and are often found near windows.
Typically brought into a home from an infested product bought at the store, flour beetles can infest your pantry and stored products quite quickly. They are oval in shape, red to brown in color and very small. One box can house hundreds of flour beetles. The infestation can quickly spread to other boxes. Once an infestation is discovered, a thorough cleaning out of the pantry is necessary. Throw out any products that you believe to be infested, thoroughly vacuum up any crumbs and wipe down all shelves. Treatment of cracks and crevices within a pantry or stored food area by a pest professional may be necessary to completely eliminate the problem.