Beetles are pests because of the damage they do to stored household and pantry products, as well as fabrics such as paper and carpet. To prevent beetle infestations, it is important to perform proper sanitation methods and storage of products.
Cigarette beetles get their name for their tendency to attack tobacco wherever it is stored. They are 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch in size, and light brown in color. Along with tobacco, Cigarette beetles attack several items including animal products, coffee, spices, nuts, fruits and leather.
The Drugstore beetle got its name for being a notorious pest of medicinal herbs in early drug stores. They are 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch in size, and reddish brown in color. Drugstore beetles will attack a range of household items, from food to drugs to hair and leather.
Saw Tooth Grain
The Saw Tooth Grain beetle is named for the teeth-like structures on either side of its body. They are 1/8 of an inch long. Their brown, flattened body allows them to make their way into packages and do considerable damage to a variety of foods. These beetles commonly attack cereals, bread, pasta, dried fruit, sugar and dried meat.
As the name indicates, Carpet beetles are a common pest of carpets. They are 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch, with a black and white patterned body with reddish scales. Signs of Carpet beetle infestation are seen in fabrics with extensive damage with uneven areas and holes. Types of fabrics include wool, hair, feathers and silk. Carpet beetles especially prefer clothing, carpet and textiles. To control them, the primary source of infestation must be located and destroyed. A thorough inspection and sanitation should also be performed.
Most ladybugs are beneficial species of the beetle family. They eat other insects such as mites and mealy bugs. A few ladybug species are leaf eaters, making them plant pests. No direct pest control of ladybugs is recommended, as they are most often beneficial insects that cause no health or structural hazards. Vacuuming and sealing possible entry points can achieve temporary relief.
Stinkbugs are names for the strong, cilantro-like odor emitted when they feel threatened. They are a little over 1/2 of an inch long with a shield-shaped body. Stinkbugs are various shades of brown with lighter markings. They are agricultural pests that can cause substantial damage to fruit and vegetable crops. Stinkbugs typically invade homes in the fall. You can prevent stinkbugs from invading your home with the appropriate treatment. If you suspect there is an infestation, a through inspection followed by proper sanitation and pesticide application should follow.
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