Miami-Dade County's Ultimate Beetle Prevention Handbook

March 26, 2021


Beetles are insects of the Coleopteran order with thousands of different species that exist throughout the world.  They have two pairs of wings, an oblong or dome-like body, and range in size from a millimeter to several inches. Beetles and their larvae are largely viewed as a nuisance, particularly when they travel into gardens or inside homes or businesses.

cigarette beetle crawling on a leaf

Common Types Of Beetles

Some of the more recognizable types include the Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle, often called the “ladybug”, and the Big Dipper Firefly, or “lightning bug”. Other types that are common in the Miami-Dade County region include the Cigarette, Carpet, and Saw-toothed Grain beetles.

How Harmful Are Beetles?

Beetles generally are not deemed as a direct health risk for humans; however, they can damage stored food, crops, landscaping, and property. For example, certain types may eat clothing, furniture upholstery materials, and paper. 
 
Some species will also consume wood found within interior walls and wicker-type materials. Beetles may invade pantries or other areas where people store dried foods, such as cereals, grains, and pasta.   

Beetle Prevention In The Property’s Exterior

Any effective strategy for preventing the intrusion of beetles will begin with analyzing the exterior of the property. Many types of beetles are attracted to exterior lighting that exists in a property, most commonly white light; so swap that out with yellow or LED bulbs.
 
The exterior of the property also should be checked regularly for potential entry points. For example, any cracks or gaps that have developed in the foundation should be filled with a weather-resistant caulk or sealant. Any screens used in windows should be examined for any holes and repaired as needed.
 
Check the seals around windows and doors to ensure they are tight. It is critical that any weatherstripping or other products used do not contain cellulose material, which beetles may consume. Garbage cans that are positioned near the property should have lids that close properly.

Best Interior Practices For Beetle Prevention

Regular cleaning and proper handling of garbage are critical, particularly in kitchen areas. This includes thoroughly wiping down countertops and promptly washing dirty dishes.  Floors must be swept and vacuumed to remove small food particles and trash containing food should be taken outside daily.
 
Proper storage of dried foods is important, as beetles thrive when these are accessible. This involves removing foods from their original packaging when it is composed of paper or thin plastic materials, and inspecting said original packaging for any holes or tears. These foods should instead be placed in containers made of sealable hard plastic, metal, or glass.  

Responding To Potential Intrusions From Beetles

In many cases, the way that a home or business owner initially responds to signs of an invasion by beetles will determine the severity and extent of an infestation. Some key recommendations are as follows:

  • After recognizing signs of intrusion, promptly contact an experienced pest control professional for an inspection
  • Keep in mind that most home remedies and DIY defenses are insufficient for fully eliminating infestations
  • Consider an ongoing professional pest control plan to protect the property

Professional Pest Control Provider In Miami-Dade County

Home and business owners in Miami-Dade County continue to trust Amco Pest Solutions to eradicate beetles and other invaders. Our team of certified professionals can also create a year-round comprehensive pest protection plan that is highly effective and economical. For an onsite inspection and estimate, contact our office today.




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