Beetles Control & Infestation Removal in Birmingham, West Midlands
The scientific name for beetles is Coleoptera. Although many would assume that beetles aren’t necessarily ‘pests’ they do pose a threat to your furniture and your clothes! Despite being one of the lesser-known pests in the UK, they do make up the world’s largest order of animals at 25%!
The easiest way to identify beetles is by their ‘armoured’ exterior. While they may look somewhat alien in comparison to better-known pests such as ants and wasps, beetles – for the most part – are harmless! Controlling their population is the only difficulty!
Below are three of the most common beetles you are likely to stumble across in the UK. We have also outlined what type of beetles there are, how to identify them and how to eliminate them.
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- Size: 4-6mm long
- Colour: Brown/beige – sometimes with black and white dots
- Found: Carpets, floorboards, curtains and other furniture that provides warmth.
The carpet beetle is arguably the most common beetle found in the UK. They can be found all year long, regardless of the season or weather! Pests such as ants and wasps are seasonal, predominantly causing issues around summer time. Beetles for this reason, are one of the most persistent pests.
Why are carpet beetles pests?
Carpet beetles cause properties distress by laying their larvae in your carpets and floorboards. Unlike other pests that feed on bacteria and other microorganisms, carpet beetles will feed off your furniture and clothing. They enjoy warm environments, so don’t be surprised if you find more of them entering your house during the colder months.
Identifying carpet beetles
As they’re known as ‘woody bears’ these beetles are just as bad at devouring your clothing as moths! Their appearance usually mimics that of a furry ladybird (aside from the obvious colour differences). You will know when you have a carpet beetle infestation when you begin noticing their dead skin cast-offs littering your property!
Getting rid of carpet beetles
Once you’ve located a carpet beetle (or many carpet beetles) you must vacuum the surrounding areas, hitting all cracks, crevices and holes to ensure you have eliminated their immediate presence. You will need to use an insecticide (preferably one prescribed by a professional pest control company) to effectively rid any remaining carpet beetles from your premises.
- Size: 3-5mm long
- Colour: Red/brown
- Found: Food cupboards
Biscuit beetles are not only a common beetle in the UK but across the globe.
As their name suggests, biscuit beetles are usually found in food reserves! Usually cupboards, larders and any domestic properties.
Many people regularly confuse the biscuit beetle with the common furniture beetle. While they can appear to look similar, furniture beetles can be identified by their protruding head. If you have open food sources, such as flour, biscuits, cereals or any food high in fibre or starch, you’re putting yourself at a higher risk of beetle infestation.
In America, this beetle is commonly known as the drug store beetle because of its uncanny obsession for feeding on strychnine, belladonna and aconite!
How to get rid of them
The solution? Simple! Throw out any waste food you have lying around and ensure that your food cupboards and larders are tightly sealed and there are no cracks or crevices these beetles can infiltrate.
- Size: 20-25mm
- Colour: Black, violet, brown
- Found: Homes, warm areas
Ground beetles vary in colour, although many people in the UK report seeing them coloured black. These beetles vary in colour, though they’re usually seen to be black.
Ground beetles are one of the larger beetles in the UK, growing up to as big as 25mm. Similar to the carpet beetle, ground beetles will actively seek warmer areas in the colder months. They particularly like warm, dusty area, so your attic and basements are prime living quarters for these beetles.
Although they can be unsightly, they pose no threat to humans and it’s very rare that you’ll find more than a few in your property at any given time.
How to get rid of them
Unlike other pests, ground beetles aren’t really pests! They pose no threat to humans, they don’t eat your food supplies and they don’t breed excessively. They’re simply looking for warmth! The only necessary action you should take is to safely remove them from your property.
Unlike other parts of the world (specifically south America) beetles aren’t a huge threat to us. The only real concern is them nibbling away at our food supplies but even so, they won’t cause any harm or illness if encountered.
Beetles are one of the easier pests to deal with, as they don’t cause disruption to your daily life and they aren’t an invasive species (unlike ants and wasps). If you are struggling with beetles, do feel free to get in touch via our contact form, we’d be happy to help!