Facts About Larder Beetles
Beetles are often times confused for cockroaches, not just because of appearances, but their similar habits as well. Much like many species of cockroaches and flies, the larder beetle has developed a taste for decomposing material and meat. This love of decaying material makes them helpful to the decomposition process (often speeding it up considerably) but also a nuisance to humans who want to keep them away from trash and their homes.
They can be found all across the U.S. but are more common in warmer areas. Their most active months stretch from the mid summer to early fall, when they begin to search for places to survive the winter (often inside your home).
Larder Beetle Bites
Larder beetles are not known to bite or sting people. These pests can contaminate dried meat, pet food and other products they like to feed on.
Diet & Behavior
Beginning their life in decaying animals, or decomposing meat. After hatching the immediate goal of this beetle is to search out and find more food. When natural sources aren't available the search for survival will often bring them indoors to your homes. Once it is known that your house makes the perfect cafeteria, the beetle may try to find a way to reproduce there.
When developing the larder beetle is immersed in some sort of food, typically decomposing meat. This means that from an early age they begin eating any sort of decomposed material, a diet that continues through to adulthood. While preferring decay, these beetles are not at all above snacking on some of the fresher foods in your kitchen or garbage. One common report from homeowners is discovering these beetles in bags of pet food. The larder beetle often uses this pet food not as a shelter, but as a meal, along with other organic materials placed low to the ground (making them easier to access).
Types of Larder Beetles
Larder Beetle Identification
This larger oval shaped beetle is an almost all black colored insect with a band of gold/amber across its midsection. Inside the colored band are several small black dots. It’s antenna branch horizontally rather than straight out away from its body, and are relatively short in length.
Identifying Larder Beetles
Dark corners, hidden areas of the basement, and infrequently trafficked attics are common places for the larder beetle to settle in. They often move at night time towards the kitchen here they may find food, and may even be found in the darker areas behind drawers and cupboards. Entry is usually gained through the lower floor, often via an open window or door.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bacon Beetles
How do I get rid of larder beetles in the home?
Treating the entrances to your home with a bug defense spray may be a beneficial proactive step to keep these pests out. As such treatment before a small issue become larger is a relevant strategy here. The best courses of action with pests like the larder beetle is to prevent any from entering your home. Once some have, try to eliminate them long before the onset of winter, so you don’t end up with a larger problem on your hands.
Because of their appetite for decaying material be sure to wrap your food scraps (especially leftover meat) thoroughly before disposing. Moreover once you have taken the trash outside don’t think that the threats are eliminated. The last thing you want is larder beetles to get comfy around the perimeter of your home. Once settled, its only so long before they get hungry and decide to venture in looking for food. Should this happen be sure to clean up any food messes and keep your house clean at all times. Larder beetles are some of the east picky insects in terms of making a home inside yours, so be on the lookout in all sorts of corner and dark areas for them.
What are the Benefits of Professional Larder Beetle Pest Control?
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a larder beetle problem. Finding and treating the larder beetles can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the larder beetle infestation.