Written by Ivy
Jan 30 2023
In this article, we'll go over some of the best ways to get rid of beetles, as well as some quick DIY tricks and other preventative measures you can take for your home and garden.
In terms of pest control, beetles are neither the hardest nor the simplest to eradicate. Because most invasions (depending on the species) occur alone, the issue can be resolved with a single, powerful crunch of a shoe.
But controlling invasive beetles is a little more difficult. Even though we'll discuss various methods to get rid of invasive beetles like carpet beetles and pantry beetles later on in this guide, those particular beetles can be very hard to get rid of if you don't make significant changes to your way of life or home. Similar to garden beetles, eradicating them on your own can be very challenging because they are outdoor-dwelling pests, but there are some effective DIY methods.
You may be interested in learning how to permanently remove beetles from your home or yard if you have them. Fortunately, there are a few straightforward DIY solutions you can try.
Here's what we recommend:
Natural pest deterrents that work well include mint oil and the plants that produce it. Mix 8 ounces of water with 10 to 15 drops of pure peppermint oil to repel beetles from your home. Shake the mixture well, then mist it around your windows, vents, and doorways.
Pros: Affordable, effective, easy to DIY, safe for kids and pets
Cons: Requires regular re-application, may bother people who don't enjoy the strong scent of peppermint
Neem oil is widely used as a natural insect repellent because it kills more than 200 species of insects while being completely safe for children, pets, and wildlife.
Neem oil can be used to make a natural insect repellent by spraying it along the seams of your windows and doorways or directly on indoor plants to help control inside insects.
Pros: Effective, fast-acting solution, safe and non-toxic, easy to DIY
Cons: Requires regular re-application, neem oil can be difficult to find
Sticky traps for insects that crawl can work well. For best results, get a few of these traps from your neighborhood hardware store and set them up wherever you've seen beetle activity.
These devices catch beetles by releasing a scent that attracts them. The glue secures the insect when it steps on the trap, preventing them from moving or escaping.
Pros: Affordable, effective, easy to place
Cons: Unsightly, requires you to replace trap regularly, kids and pets may interfere with the traps
Pyrethrin, a naturally occurring chemical extracted from chrysanthemum flowers, quickly dispatches insects by acting on their nervous systems. When you see beetles, spray Pyrethrin directly on them for best results.
Pros: Effective, fast-acting solution
Cons: Highly manual, requires you to spot and spray insects, requires you to pick up dead bodies of insects
While lavender oil smells wonderful to humans, beetles are repelled by it. Put bundles of dried lavender into your drawers and closets to deter insects, or create a spray by combining 8 ounces of water with 10 drops of lavender oil.
Pros: Effective, safe, and non-toxic, ideal for homes with kids and pets, pleasant smell
Cons: Requires regular re-application
Algae is crushed and fossilized to create DE. Although food-grade DE, which is available online, is safe for children, pets, and wildlife, it is lethal to insects. Insects will succumb to dehydration within hours of contact with DE.
Apply a thin layer of DE along your home's foundation seam and around access points to kill beetles.
Pros: Affordable, safe, and non-toxic
Cons: Can be messy, requires regular re-application
Looking for a traditional method to rid your home and garden of beetles? Here are a few fast options:
You can get rid of beetles and other household pests by using bait stations. You can set up these stations, which resemble long tubes, anywhere there is insect or beetle activity. They have a bait inside that beetles are drawn to by smell. The bait quickly puts the beetles to death after they eat it.
Pros: Effective, fast-acting
Cons: Unsightly, may be toxic to kids and pets, requires you to clean up dead beetles
If you want your beetle control methods to be effective, exclusion is crucial. Beetles can be killed with bait stations and sprays, but as long as new beetles are getting into your house, it won't do you much good.
With this in mind, concentrate on limiting access for beetles. Install screens behind vents, replace worn-out weather-stripping, and apply fresh caulk around your windows, doors, and vent seals.
Pros: Effective, safe, affordable
Cons: Ongoing process, must check caulk and seals frequently
For the best outcomes, employ a seasoned extermination crew like Smith's to get rid of the beetles in your house and garden. Professional teams are trained to locate the origin of beetle infestations and eradicate every last bug without endangering the safety of your children, pets, or family.
Pros: Effective, safe, long-lasting, suitable for both indoor and outdoor infestations
Cons: More expensive than some DIY options
Are there beetles all over your yard? Here are a few tips to get rid of them:
This manual method, though labor-intensive, has potential. Here's how to do it:
Hold a quart jar that has been filled with water and some dish soap underneath the branches of plants where beetles are congregating. The beetles will fall into the jar as you tap the branches, where the dish soap will suffocate them.
Pros: Effective, kills beetles fast, non-toxic
Cons: Labor-intensive, may take a long time to kill all the beetles in your yard
Beetles should be suctioned up using a wet/dry or ShopVac wherever you see them resting or moving. Fill a trash bag or jar with soapy water with the vacuum canister's contents and seal it.
Pros: Effective, safe, non-toxic
Cons: Highly manual, requires lots of upfront work, may require several attempts to get rid of all beetles, doesn't target beetles that are out of sight
Hang traps around your lawn for a hands-free method of controlling beetles in your yard. Most home improvement stores in your area sell these traps. Most have a bag with an attractant for beetles inside. The beetles fall into the trap, get stuck, and eventually perish.
Pros: Low-impact, safe for kids and pets, non-toxic
Cons: Unsightly, may take months to kill all beetles, requires you to remove traps and dispose of dead beetles
Use insecticidal soap to kill beetles if you've seen them hanging out near your house or harming your plants. Your neighborhood hardware store should sell this soap. To kill beetles immediately, spray it onto your bushes or plants.
Pros: Easy to apply, effective, many varieties are safe for kids and pets
Cons: May require several applications, may not kill all varieties of beetles
Also Read How to Get Rid of the Following Species:
You can choose the most effective strategy for getting rid of beetles by knowing what kind are invading your home or yard.
All beetles might appear similar at first glance. Take another look, though, and you'll notice that not all beetles are created equal.
Here are a few of the most common types:
a typical annoyance here in the United States., the carpet beetle gets its name from its love of destroying fabrics and upholstered furniture. They enjoy quiet, dark areas that are uninhabited, such as the seams of furniture or the underside of carpets.
Carpet beetles can be difficult to spot until you start noticing the damage they're causing because they're so good at hiding. These oval-shaped beetles have six legs and two antennae. Their hard, oblong bodies are kept tucked beneath their shells, and they have wings.
To prevent, control, or even eradicate carpet beetles, there are a number of natural and do-it-yourself methods. To ensure that you have gotten rid of every one of them, you might need to select a variety of treatments. Because these are still beetles, some of the same treatments that work on other species will work on carpet beetles as well, including:
To get rid of the bugs and their eggs, you can put these on top of and around carpets. Other strategies that are effective against these pests include:
It is possible, but frequently more challenging than it appears, to eradicate a carpet beetle infestation without professional assistance. Because carpet beetles can survive hidden in closets, attics, basements, and other places, there may be items that you've overlooked that can sustain the population and ultimately cause a resurgence. It only takes a few missed eggs or a few adult beetles to completely rebuild an infestation.
Since carpet beetles are still insects, the same pyrethrins that earlier in the article affected other beetle species can also be used to kill them. Pyrethrins are substances with chemical structures that are meant to resemble those of chrysanthemum flowers. These include:
Pyriproxyfen and cypermethrin are additional, albeit less usual, treatments.
The application of these carpet beetle exterminators is comparable, but because these treatments are only used indoors and because they are only used on beetles, as opposed to other treatments that are frequently used on all pests, your pest control professional is likely to use one with deltamethrin or cyfluthrin, which are the two most popular options on beetles (all five, however, are effective, so there are typically no wrong choices here).
Your pest control expert will want to know the type of application. Beetles can be killed using a liquid treatment, a dust treatment, an aerosol, or an oil mixture called an EC (emulsifiable concentrate). The decision will be based on where they are, the extent of the infestation, whether you want to save the carpet, and the safety of everyone inside the house.
Despite the fact that both people and pests are safe from these treatments, it is still advisable to limit contact with some of them (like aerosols and dust) for your own safety. In locations with limited human access, such as attics, these treatments might be very successful. During your consultation, your pest control expert will go over the various choices. Using these for a DIY project is typically not advised.
In order to determine how the carpet beetles entered your property and prevent future infestations, it is a good idea to check your property for small holes. You could also think about using seasonal pest control as a pest barrier.
In the United States, the Japanese beetle is a common pest. The Japanese beetle is infamous for destroying ornamental and landscaping plants, but it also eats fruits, flowers, leaves, and other things. Adult beetles are about ⅓"-½" long with a shiny green body that looks metallic.
While Japanese beetles aren't likely to cause much harm inside your house, they can quickly wreak havoc on your garden and outdoor plants.
Because carpet beetles are frequently found in lawns and around human food, it is only natural to want to prevent or get rid of these pests naturally. You can do this by using do-it-yourself methods to get rid of carpet beetles quickly and effectively. There are some natural methods you can try, but not all of them will be powerful enough to get rid of these resilient pests. These include:
A Japanese beetle should never be handled roughly at any time. Ironically, when a female Japanese beetle is crushed, its pheromones (the chemicals that attract mates) are released, resulting in more beetles on your garden.
The above eco-friendly options are not just for do-it-yourself Japanese beetle extermination. Many pest control experts also employ them. Choosing a pest control company can be helpful for figuring out which strategy is best for each season and making sure the applications are done correctly.
Additionally, insecticides and other chemical techniques are available. Examples of this include:
Because Japanese beetles are so destructive to gardens and landscapes and because many treatments for them also kill other pests, many pest control experts opt to combine them with other natural remedies, particularly nematodes and neem. This is because the combination of fast-acting pesticides and slower-acting natural remedies typically results in a much more effective removal of an infestation.
In California, homes frequently have Asian beetles, also known as ladybugs. When they are outside, ladybugs are thought of as a beneficial species because they eat plant pests, but when they enter the house, they can do a lot of harm.
Adults of this species tend to be about ⅜" long with a hard, red shell and black spots. When the weather gets cold in the winter, it's not unusual to find tens of thousands of these beetles gathered in attics, ceilings, or cracks in walls.
If they manage to get into your heating vents, turning on the furnace will instantly send hundreds of them into the interior rooms of your house.
The click beetle is widespread in North America. There are more than 900 different species of them. Known for their elongated, brown bodies, adult click beetles can be about 1.5"-1" long. Even though click beetles typically don't cause problems indoors, they can do serious harm to your garden because they love to eat plants and vegetables.
More than 350,000 species of beetles have been recorded worldwide, according to recent statistics. With that in mind, here are a few general facts to help you identify these pests:
If you're wondering, "Why does my yard have so many beetles?" or "Beetles are drawn to what?", you're not alone. How can you prevent the beetles from entering your home and what is bringing them there?
Here are a few of the most common attractants for these pests:
Occasionally, beetles are drawn to a home simply because of its location. Beetles enter buildings in search of warmth and protection when the weather turns chilly. It might be sufficient to draw swarms of them if your home is in the right spot at the right time.
Beetles are again opportunists. They'll probably get inside if your home has openings they can find and use, like ripped screens, gaps around windows and doors, or unlocked vents.
Beetles require both food and water to survive, just like all other animals. The majority of species eat plants, tiny insects, or fibers from wood and textiles as their main sources of food.
Pet bowls, seeps from leaking pipes, or water left in drains all suffice to supply them with the small amount of water they require to function.
Most beetles prefer hidden, quiet, and dark areas. The areas behind appliances, in your attic, or in your home's vents are a few examples of overlooked places where you might find them.
Generally speaking, there are three basic groups of beetles, each of which does a specific kind of damage:
Each of these beetles consumes a particular type of fuel, as indicated by their names, and can harm your home or property.
Depending on the species, beetles can harm clothing, crops (Japanese beetles alone cause about $460 million in crop damage annually), decor, furniture, and packaged goods, such as food or pantry items.
Professional exterminators kill beetles with tried-and-true techniques.
Here's what you can expect from the professionals at Smith's Pest Management:
The first step is a thorough inspection of your property by our team of pest control experts. We'll determine the type of beetle and where the infestation originated during this inspection. We'll create a pest management strategy based on what we discover that will address your particular issues.
The majority of pest infestations necessitate a long-term strategy. We'll offer you and your family education that is at the forefront of the industry to help you understand the cause of your infestation.
You'll discover the different species of beetles you may have in your house or garden, what they eat, what draws them there, and what you can do to deter them from returning.
This information gives you and your family more power and helps stop re-infestation.
We will then implement the strategy we created for your family. Depending on the situation, our team may also offer post-treatment follow-up to make sure the infestation is gone and there aren't any new beetles appearing in your garden or house.
Beetles should be kept out of your yard and away from your home as the first step in keeping them out of your home.
Here are a few tips:
Seal off all possible entry points to prevent bugs from entering your home. Caulking and weather stripping cracks, as well as the regions near windows, doors, soffits, and vents, should be given extra attention.
If beetles are a recurring issue in your house, use an exterior barrier treatment to eliminate them right away. Your neighborhood home goods store offers these treatments. To prevent beetles from gathering and entering your space, sprinkling the treatment around your doors, windows, foundation, and roofline will help.
Remove the beetle-attracting food sources as much as you can. This entails clearing leftovers off countertops, storing all perishable food in the refrigerator or a plastic container with an airtight lid, and promptly wiping up spills and crumbs.
Additionally, it's a good idea to trim any bushes or trees that are too close to your house, and to empty your pet's water and food bowls as frequently as you can.
Beetles come in a wide variety of forms, sizes, and shapes. It can be challenging to completely get rid of beetle from entering your yard and house because each has a different preferred food source, which can range from raspberries to rose bushes to the flour in your pantry.
Don't wait until the issue becomes out of hand if you find beetles. Use the advice in this article to take action right away to fight back. Contact a local pest control expert right away if things get out of hand so they can quickly identify and take care of the specific species of beetles they find in your yard and house.
Depending on the type of beetle, type of treatment, and severity of the infestation, the price varies significantly. Most types of beetles only require seasonal pest control, which can be carried out monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly for a small monthly fee starting at $40 to $75 for smaller homes. This type of pest control is all that is required for most types of beetles. Larger infestations, such as a sizable carpet beetle population, might be more. The best way to learn about prices for local pest control is to call them.
One of the few pests that are not dangerous to humans is the beetle. Although all insects have the potential to transport bacteria, beetles are less likely to do so than other scavenger pests like roaches. Stag beetles, Longhorn beetles, and blister beetles are all capable of biting people and causing discomfort, but these insects are sporadic biters and are not known to leave lasting harm unless a person experiences an extremely unlikely allergic reaction.
Despite their resemblance, cockroaches and stink bugs are not a species of beetle.
Typically, no, though it depends on the kind of treatment. The insecticides used to control beetles and other insects may be harmful if swallowed or consumed in large quantities. However, what pest control companies actually use is a highly diluted pesticide spray, which also turns virtually harmless once it dries, which takes only a few minutes. Though it is never advised to lick or consume pesticides, the vast majority are considered to be "safer than table salt" for humans and pets.