Carpet beetles make their way into a home on flowers and through windows or doors, multiplying when suitable food sources, such as pet fur, wool or silk, are available. This allows the larvae to feed, which creates another batch of eggs. After a few cycles, the home could have an infestation of hundreds or thousands of beetles, depending on the abundance of food.Continue Reading
A carpet beetle infestation can lead to holes in clothing or carpets made from natural fibers. This damage often looks similar to what a moth would do to these fabrics.
Keeping the home free of pet hair and other items that carpet beetles eat works best when eliminating them from the home. Throwing out badly infested items can also keep their numbers low and allow the homeowner to keep the problem under control. In more severe cases, chemical treatment might become necessary.Learn more about Beetles
A hissing beetle is scientifically known as Polyphylla decemlineata, or the ten-lined June beetle. This beetle lives in Canada and the western region of the United States. When the beetle is touched or disturbed, it pushes its wings down, forcing air between its wings and back, emitting a low hissing sound similar to the hissing of a bat.Full Answer >
One of the basics of beetle identification is noticing the character of the wings. Beetles always have wings as adults and have front wings, or elytra, that are thicker than their hind wings. The hind wings also fold beneath the front wing covers. Other basics of beetle identification are whether or not the insect has chewing mouthparts and antennae with 11 segments.Full Answer >
A wood-boring beetle refers to any of the families of beetles whose larval or adult forms eat or destroy wood. Three groups of these invasive beetles are a common nuisance to homeowners, damaging the structures of dwellings and even causing damage to furniture.Full Answer >
The most common black and orange beetle is the Asian lady beetle, or ladybug. These beetles can be red or orange with black spots. They often tend to invade houses during the fall, looking for a place to spend the winter.Full Answer >