The ground beetle is part of a large family of beetles with thousands of different species of beetles. Ground beetles can grow up to an inch long and are typically black. They normally live outdoors under leaves and in gardens, but they can enter your home as well. Even though they are not dangerous to humans, they are annoying if they infest your home. There are a couple things you can do to prevent them from entering your home, but if they do, call Nashville Pest Control to get rid of these pests for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Ground beetles can be anywhere from 1/16th of an inch long to an inch long. Most are black with a flat and long body shape. They have three pairs of legs and can move quickly. The segment behind their head is narrower than the abdomen. Their heads are the narrowest part of their body. They do have wings but cannot fly.
There are 4 stages of life that the ground beetle goes through: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The female lays eggs and after complete metamorphosis, the egg becomes an adult.
Habitat and Behavior:
The ground beetle lives under leaves, old logs, stones, in gardens, and under debris that has accumulated on the ground. Although they cannot fly, they are extremely mobile and can easily climb trees and bushes. They eat insect larvae, grubs, fly maggots, aphids, earthworms, snails, and slugs. They are most active during the night and are attracted to light.
Level of Danger:
These beetles are known for being dangerous to humans, but they can spread diseases, like most pests. They will normally stay outdoors but will become a nuisance if they enter your home in large numbers.
Signs of Infestation:
The best sign of a ground beetle infestation is seeing the ground beetle around your home.
Even though they typically live outside, they will enter your home if necessary. To prevent that from happening, it is best to seal any cracks in foundations, doorways, and windows. It also helps to keep debris clear from your yard, so they do not make their home outside of your home. If you do find that your home has been taken over by these pests, make sure to call the real Nashville Pest Control company to get rid of them for you.