Boston Area Beetle Management

Your Guide to Eastern Massachusetts’s Beetle Population

Beetles make up the largest category of insects in the world, accounting for approximately 25% of all life forms on earth. In fact, there are more than 5 million different species of beetles.

Our Boston pest control experts have all the information you need concerning these pests. If you want beetles off your property, give us a call at (781) 531-9290 or contact us online to get started with a complimentary inspection!

Beetle Basics

Beetles in Boston and Eastern Massachusetts are easily identified by their hard outer shell, which covers their wings. Their wings are exposed only during flight. A beetle's body consists of three sections: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.

Wood-Eating Beetles

Several types of beetles feed on wood. This can cause a lot of damage to wood structures primarily because while the wood is being eaten, the beetles remain unseen. This is true of:

  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Old House Borer Beetles
  • Bark Beetles
  • Citrus Long-Horned Beetles
  • Asian Beetles
  • Multiple other species

Powder Post Beetles, amongst others, grow from eggs that are laid in the wood. Another species of beetle, the Citrus Long-Horned Beetle, was introduced into the United States as recently as 1999 and is currently without any natural enemies. Although not known as yet, the damage they will create is expected to be extensive.

Most adult beetles do not eat wood, only the beetle larvae do. When you see holes in either structural wood or furniture, it is because the larvae have already left, and you are seeing the exit holes. This could be an indication of a nearby infestation. Generally, beetles are attracted to the same type of wood from which they were born.

Garden Destroyers

Other beetle species feed on garden plants, such as:

  • The Colorado Potato Beetle
  • The Boll Weevil
  • The Rose Chafer
  • The Western Corn Rootworm
  • And many more

Each of these beetles can cause millions of dollars in damage to crops of many different kinds. The presence of just a few beetles usually indicates that more exist, so it is best to contact a qualified pest control agency.

Keep Good Beetles Around

Some beetles, such as the common Ladybug, are actually advantageous to have around. They are known to keep down the population of other insects, so you should not attempt to destroy them or any other beneficial beetle species.

Let Professionals Handle Beetle Control

Treating for beetles requires proper knowledge of the type of beetle species you are trying to eliminate. Wood eating beetles, for instance, cannot be effectively treated using sprays because they are located deep within wood. If you think you may have a beetle infestation, your local pest professionals will have the knowledge, resources, and solution to the problem.

Let our professional pest control team help you control your beetle population. Give us a call at (781) 531-9290 or fill out our online contact form to schedule beetle control services in Boston, Malden, or any other Eastern Massachusetts community.

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