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. They are easily identified by their hard outer shell, which covers their wings. Their wings are exposed only during flight. Some beetle species feed on garden plants, including the Boll Weevil, and can cause substantial damages to crops. Other beetles, such as the common ladybug, are advantageous to have around since they keep down the population of other insects.
The Asian Longhorned Beetle has been found in three New Jersey counties - Hudson, Middlesex, and Union. These are large beetles, black in color, with mottled white spots on their backs with distinctive banding on their antennae that live and feed under the bark of trees.
Beetles are a common pantry pest that can be inadvertently brought into your home in flour, cereals, pasta products, dog foods, and other dried goods. Pantry best beetles include a wide range of beetles, many with peculiar-sounding names such as the Saw-tooth Grain Beetles, Drugstore Beetles, Cigarette Beetles, and the Red or Confused Flour Beetles just to name a few. The treatment of these pantry pest beetles is similar and these infestations should be handled quickly since they are capable of contaminating your stored food products.
The Anobiid Beetle has a widespread presence since it seems to have a greater attraction to softwoods used in modern construction like spruce, pine, and fir. Anobiid beetles are known to attack wood members such as:
Most beetle infestations start in crawl spaces or other moist areas and then move to other sections of the home. Beetle control issues can develop rather slowly so damage is usually detected in homes older than ten years. The frass of an Anobiid beetle has a gritty feel to it compared to the talcum powder consistency of the frass of a Lyctid Powderpost Beetle.