Beetles come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Some, like Ladybugs and June Bugs, are relatively harmless. Others can cause harmful damage.

Beetles typically have shell-like front wings known as elytra. These front wings are often hard and appear more like a shell than wings. The beetle folds the front wings over their back wings. They are durable and waterproof, serving as protection against damage and dehydration.

How Did I Get Beetles?

Different materials attract specific types of beetles into homes and yards. Many species seek out stored grains and packaged foods, while others feed on garden plants, wood, or fabric. Homeowners may accidentally bring the pests into the house along with infested products.

The search for shelter may also bring beetles indoors. Some of these pests overwinter in homes to avoid cold weather. They may enter the house through cracks in the foundation or gaps around door and window frames. These pests can get inside by hiding in:

  • Lumber and stacked wood
  • Furniture and carpet
  • Plants, especially potted
  • Packages and boxes that get delivered

How Serious Are Beetles?

There are three basic groups of beetles that may require treatment inside our homes and businesses:

  • Fabric-infesting beetles
  • Food product beetles
  • Wood-destroying beetles


Beetles are a nuisance because of their ability to damage stored food and property. Beetles can damage a variety of things around the home including:

  • Clothes and apparel
  • Gardens
  • Home decor
  • Furniture and carpets
  • Packaged items
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