Beetles

Are beetles bad in your house?

Beetles are not dangerous to humans; they don’t spread any disease, they can bite but they rarely do.An adult carpet beetle won’t cause your home any harm. But it will be different when it comes to their larvae. Carpet beetle larvae can eat holes in rugs, curtains, upholstery, clothing, and books. You may not notice  an infestation until you see the damage the pests have already caused.

What should you do if you are bitten by a beetle

Wash the area with warm, soapy water each day and  apply a topical steroid or antibiotic to prevent infection and ease redness, swelling, and pain. Apply a cold compress to the lesion more often can ease swelling and pain. It will heal within a few days and causes no permanent damage. 

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Beetles role in the environment

Beetles can be beneficial to the environment.They are prominent decomposers, especially in forests. Some species help get rid of garbage, eat dead trees or help pollinate flowers. They reduce the populations of insects, like caterpillars. Ladybird beetles are important predators of aphids. While some beetle species destroy crops or property.

Ways to keep the beetles out of the house

  • Caulk exterior cracks and holes.Focus around windows, doors, openings for utilities and heating and cooling vents.
  • Some beetles hide under rocks and boards.Remove rocks, boards and other objects from the exterior base of the house. 
  • Spray a long-lasting insecticide before the fall seasons.Wear an eye and cloth protection before spraying insecticides.