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When most people think of a little beetle, they think of something cute and cuddly. While beetle does make a good nickname for plenty of cute and cuddly things, it certainly does not refer to such when talking about insects. This is especially true when it comes to the wood-boring variety. Although most beetle insects are physically harmless, there is a wood-boring species that can do immense amounts of damage in and around the home. Other beetles can wreak havoc on your house and garden plants. Others can get into your pantry and leave nice, little droppings in your favorite cereals.
Simply put, you do not want to have to contend with beetles, regardless of the species. We are here to make sure you don’t have to. All it requires is a single phone call to our office and that’ll get the ball rolling in your favor. Of course, before you can give us a call, you must know that you, in fact, do have a problem.
A Bit On The Beetle
Despite what many think, the beetle insect plays a vital role in today’s ecosystems. They are certainly interesting insects and under the right conditions can be one of the more interesting insects you’ll encounter in your given area. In fact, there are many people that have started taking these creepy crawlers on as pets because of their unique and striking colors.
The Coleoptera, also known as the beetle, is an insect that people seldomly think of as a pet. And why would they? This aside, the beetle is considered so vital to the ecosystem because it falls into a classification of species known as saprophytic. This virtually means they feed on dead and decaying organic matter. Consider them one of the world’s most efficient recyclers, with their ability to consumer near 5,000 insects in a lifetime. They have quite the appetite.
With this in mind, there are currently more than 400,000 known beetle species spread throughout the world. They all can live and thrive in varying conditions, so there aren’t any that are particularly indigenous to one specific area. Another striking feature that makes them so favored is their nocturnal nature. Not all these species make good pets because they don’t give off such unique and striking color patterns. Regardless, this is not a creepy crawler you want invading the home.
Identifying The Threat
Of all the species, it will likely be the carpet beetle that you find yourself contending with. Luckily, this is one that can easily and quickly be identified by its unique color arrangement and appearance. It is black and equipped with wings that sport orange or red stripes right down the middle. Think racing stripes! In addition to this, the wings also contain a pattern of white and red/orange scales. All this along with their 6 legs and antennae and these creepy crawlers will no doubt stand out amongst the community.
Being referred to as the carpet beetle is an accurate description, as these creepy crawlers feed on the fibers of your carpets and rugs. It will also be common to find them in wool, hair, feathers, furs, silk, and most clothing material. There are places you’ll want to keep a close eye on if you suspect there is a beetle problem in or around the property.
Understanding The Threat
The carpet beetle doesn’t bite, not even the adults of the species, but the larvae have been known to potentially cause pulmonary irritations when their hairs are inhaled. They have also been known to cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Simply put, these are only two more reasons to add to why you don’t want the creepy crawler in and around your property. Combine this with their ability to wreck your most delicate materials, and it just quantifies the potential problems these pesky pests stand to pose. We are here to help! All you must do is reach out to our local office and we’ll dispatch a trained tech to evaluate the property immediately.