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Beetles

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Coleoptera

Beetles Facts and Information

Coleoptera, the largest order of insects, is an expansive group containing a whopping 300 thousand distinct species. From nuisance pests at home to benevolent counterparts in nature that provide us with benefits like pollination – beetles can be found everywhere! We’ll give you all the facts on these fascinating creatures and how they affect your home: what types exist? What’s their purpose? How do I tell if one has infiltrated my living space? We’ve got answers to those questions and more here. 

What do beetles look like? 

Coleoptera, meaning “folded wings”, is the scientific name for a unique species of insect: beetles. From bold colors to diverse shapes and sizes, there’s an array of eye-catching characteristics that makes identifying these creatures tricky – but not impossible! All beetles have six legs; two antennae; separate head, thorax, and abdomen regions along with hardened elytra shields on their torsos which come in handy when fending off predators or crushing food. 

FAQs About Beetles

What are the signs of an infestation?

Some types of beetles, like carpet beetles, are more often found inside houses. Signs that you might have a carpet beetle infestation include finding holes chewed in furniture or clothing made from natural fibers (like cotton, wool and leather). You may also find their eggs or larvae on furniture, in carpets or on clothes. These beetles are attracted to light and sometimes lay their eggs near windows or another light source. 

If you spot a lot of beetles or their cocoons, it is likely that you have an infestation, especially if it is during the warmer months. You may see damage to food products, such as larvae in food products or small holes in food packaging where adult beetles have exited. 

How do I get rid of beetles in my home?

Even if you can’t completely banish beetles from your home, don’t despair. You still have a few tricks up your sleeve toward them off! Start by keeping on top of housekeeping duties like vacuuming and sweeping – it’s worth the extra effort as these factors attracts them in the first place. In addition, reduce outdoor lighting around your property since this draws their attention and remove any wood or yard waste which they’ll use for shelter. Last but not least, inspect pantries every once in a while; just remember to get rid of anything that looks suspicious right away!