Don't belittle a beetle
For most of us, the only beetle we are aware of is the sweetly named, ladybug. We club most others under the term 'insects' while we confuse the others to be some kind of cockroach. But these little things can actually wreck havoc in your home. Food, fabric, furnishings, and wood all stand the threat of getting damaged by them. To add to it, they reproduce at a rapid rate, which is why beetle control demands the technology and expertise that we at Protech Pest Control, give you.
Some unknown facts on beetles
- Most species live in other animals' nests
- They feed on fruit, fungi, other insects, dead animals, plants, etc
- They form a percentage of one-quarter of all known animal species
- Sydney alone has 1,500 species of beetles
- As of now there are 350,000 different known beetles and new species are constantly being discovered
How do beetles look?
With the colour and size of beetles, these creatures often get mistaken to be cockroaches or an exotic bug. The key to identifying them is by their wings. Unlike other insects, they are blessed to have 2 pairs of wings. One pair is located in front, also known as the elytra. These wings are durable, waterproof, cover the second pair of wings and serve the purpose of protecting them. The second pair of wings located at the rear, are the ones used for flying. They differ in shape size and colour, ranging from round to slender to even resembling spiders! Their legs are normally adapted for walking and running, with the larger legs located in front and the small ones located behind.
Habitat and Food
Beetles tend to live in the soil, leaf litter, animal carcasses, nests of other animals, foodstuffs, tree barks, mucky areas etc. They live close to nature but tend to move towards houses on the onset of winter and lights in particular. At this time of the year they tend to populate areas like carpets, sofas etc. Once again their preferences vary according to the species but they tend to stick close to food sources.
A beetle's lifecycle
Like other insects beetles too go through the same stages - egg, larva, pupa, adult. It's important to remember that unlike bugs they complete their metamorphosis cycle. However the time against which different species complete the cycle differs. Some may take months while some take years depending on the availability of food and the environmental conditions. The larvae are commonly referred to as grubs and differ in shapes and sizes. Adults lay the eggs close to food so that once the lava emerge they can feed and become pupas. The maggots can either have segmented legs or none at all. The legless grubs have distinguished mouth parts which help them feed with ease and resemble those of fly maggots.
Types of Beetles
As mentioned above there is an astonishing number of species. Ones that can popularly be found in parts of Australia include:
- Water beetles
- Christmas beetles
- Jewel beetles
- Rhinoceros beetles
- Fireflies (yes they actually are flying beetles)
- Ground beetles
They largely tend to populate near greenery or light. Exotic looking and differing in their shape and structure these are least likely to cause you harm but must not be encouraged in or around your home.
Bed Bug or Beetle, how can I tell the difference?
Although they may look confusingly similar, here are 3 things to keep in mind when telling the difference between bed bugs and beetles:
- Diet - bugs have a liquid diet while beetles actually eat and feed on things.
- Mouthparts - Bugs have a needle shaped mouthpart and beetles have chewing mouthparts
- Wings - Beetles have 4 wings, two of which are used for flying and are hidden under the elytra. They may or may not have wings, if they do so the wings are membrane like and thickened at particular parts.
We 'Protech' you from beetles!
As in the case of any other pest, we believe in getting to know our enemy so we can tackle him effectively. After a thorough inspection of your home we identify the type of species creating havoc, the areas it has permeated, the cause of the same, and the treatment that will work against that particular species. We loop you in so that you are clued in with our treatment methods and trust us to the fullest. For the ones that cannot be removed by vacuuming, good sanitation practices or cutting out their food and light source we make use of chemical treatments and insect growth regulators. This way we get them out of your home in a way that doesn't affect you, your family and your pet's health. The insect growth regulator helps us rid your home of these little pests that are still in the larva or pupa stage, so that the infestation does not return. Call us today for a beetle-free home!