Wacky Pest Wednesday: Beetles

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Happy Wednesday, Tri-County Pest Control fans!  We’re here with another edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday, and today we invite you to join us as we cover a critter that is literally all over the world: the beetle!

Beetles, believe it or not, are representatively the largest type of pest out there by number.  Indeed, rough estimates by scientists argue that there can be over 3 million different species of beetles out there, but the community has only discovered 350,000 species of them so far.  There are so many different kinds of beetles out there, that one out of every 5 living creatures on the planet is a beetle—how’s that for wild?

Now, don’t feel like you’ll have to deal with multiple different kinds of beetles should you find one in your home.  In fact, most of that staggering 350,000 statistic represents beetles that are found deep in the rainforest and jungles all over the world, so no need to fret about them in our Mid-Atlantic region.  Instead, some of the more common beetles that you’ll encounter as pests include the Japanese beetle, the carpet beetle, and grain beetles. While all of these may look pretty intimidating, there’s no need to fear, and preventing beetles can be pretty easy at that.  Just be sure that there are no small cracks for beetles to squeeze through in your weatherstripping, screens, or doors, and be sure to store food away in airtight containers and you should be good to go. Of course, if there is ever an issue with beetles in your home, know that we are only one call away.

Did you know that beetles have been around since the dinosaurs?  Indeed, beetles have been sharing the world with other critters for the past 270 million years, so don’t feel like you’re the first one to come across a beetle infestation should it happen to you.

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