Beetles or also known as Coleoptera insects are the largest number of subspecies of the world which is around 40%. This group of species is so large that one out of every four animals on earth is a beetle! This means there is around 350,000 of identified species but there’s millions more that are left unidentified. The beetle posses a hard shell, four wings and legs. The size of the beetle can range from 1/16 of an inch to 6 inches! Beetles do not have very good eyesight so they will communicate through pheromones, vibrations for sounds. A few common types of beetles include the Japanese beetle, carpet beetle, Asian lady beetle, flea beetles and bark beetles. Most beetles are brown and black but a few types can be very colorful. The average lifespan of the beetle is 3 years. The beetle typically tend to feeds on debris and fungi but the larger beetles have been know to eat an animal as large as a small bird. The beetles possess an open circulatory system that will use the fluid inside their own body. People will often use beetles one such as the ladybug to help control common pest issues they may have.
Since there are so many different types of beetles, their attitudes and habitats can be extremely diverse. A beetle can be found in almost any type of habit; dry, warm, wet and cold, in plants or dead wood. They can adapt to any environment and this is why they are so common. The beetle’s larvae normally live inside their own food source, feeding on plants and meat. While the grown beetle’s diet is nectar, fruit and plant materials.
Elimination or Control
A few types of beetles are not considered pests such as ladybugs and lightning bugs, which can actually benefit the environment. The ones considered pest usually cause harm by eating crops, passing diseases, and possessing a harmful poisonous bite. One effective way to get rid of harmful beetles such as the Japanese beetle is to drown them in either dish-washing detergent or water. Another option to consider is purchasing the product Milky Spore, doing frequent treatments to your lawn. The type will beetle will depend on the best form of treatment to use, contact your local pest exterminator if you have any issues or questions with the type of beetle you are dealing with.