Beetles are a costly threat, especially for homeowners. Not only do they swarm our lawns, but they also feed on our food and damage our houses. However, not all beetles are considered pests. In fact, there are some beetles that are beneficial to farmers because they eat insects that would otherwise destroy their crops. One species that's particularly good for this purpose is the Ladybird Beetle. These are very well-known by their round, oval-shaped bodies and black spots on their forewings, which can be colored red, orange or sometimes even yellow. You may know them by their common name Ladybugs.
At Bug-Off Exterminators, we have highly trained extermination experts ready to serve your needs. We apply advanced techniques to help rid your house of beetles. There are three groups of pest beetles, each organized by their specific diets. Plant eaters (Japanese Beetle, Boll Weevil, Bean Leaf Beetle) - This group does damage to crops by eating the leaves and will also eat grass leaves and decorative plants. One type of plant eater, the Boll Weevil, costs the clothing industry millions of dollars by destroying cotton crops. Wood eaters (Asian Long-Horned Beetle, Powderpost Beetle, Common Furniture Beetle) - This type of beetle bores holes in wood to deposit their eggs. The young will then feed off the surrounding wood, destroying furniture and causing major structural damage to homes. Fabric eaters (Carpet Beetle, Larder Beetle) - This name is somewhat misleading, as these beetles don't eat the fabric itself, but different compounds found inside certain fabrics. They are especially drawn to sweat or food stains, as well as laundry starch. Their feeding method causes the cloth fibers to become extremely weak, causing holes to form in clothing.
Each of these types of beetles can do considerable damage. For instance, a japanese beetle will chew up your lawn, much like a carpet beetle will chew holes in clothing. They are attracted to certain chemicals and food sources on these materials, and the holes are often a leftover from their feeding methods. Where there are wood-eating beetles, there will likely be wood damage. We strongly suggest you have your home checked by a licensed professional for damaged framing, trusses, and other materials made out of wood. The process used for exterminating these troublesome creatures depends on the species you're dealing with. When we come to your house, try to find an intact body handy that you can show us. This will be a great help in identifying the type of infestation you have.
The term "beetle" is actually a name given to an entire group of insects of the order Coleoptera, which is considered the largest group of insects on Earth, with well over 400,000 documented members. The term Coleoptera comes from the Greek word koleopteros, which translates to "sheath-wing." All beetles have two pairs of wings. The front pair of wings, called the elytra are hardened in order to provide protection for both the abdomen and the rear pair of wings, called the flying wings. Some types of beetles include: Tiger beetle, Ladybird beetle, Stag beetle, Scarab, Boll Weevil, Firefly, Dermestid beetle.