Many types of beetles can infest your home, including plaster beetles. Here are four things you need to know about plaster beetles.
What do plaster beetles look like?
Plaster beetles are small, brown beetles. They are only 1.2 to 1.8 millimeters (0.04 to 0.07 inches) long. At first glance, you may think these beetles are bed bugs due to their coloring and small size, but when you look more closely, you'll notice that the beetles have wings, while bed bugs do not.
Where do plaster beetles live?
Plaster beetles are native to Europe, but they have been introduced to North America. Currently, they can be found throughout the entire United States as well as in the southern regions of Canada.
These beetles need a moist environment to survive and they eat mold and mildew. For these reasons, they like to live in water-damaged homes, especially plaster as their name suggests. They can also be found living in stored products like rolled oats, rice or dried fruit. Outdoors, you may find them living in your garbage can or in your compost heap.
Why are plaster beetles pests?
Plaster beetles are pests for a couple of reasons. First, they spoil any food that they feed on, so if they infest your kitchen cupboards, you may need to throw out all of your food. Second, they can infest homes in large numbers, and some people have experienced such severe infestations that they needed to throw out their appliances—including televisions and microwaves—to get rid of the beetles.
How can you control plaster beetles?
To control plaster beetles, you need to control the factors that are attracting them. Since they like moisture and mold, you need to make sure neither is present in your home. If you've experienced water damage, like a burst pipe or a flooded basement, have any water-damaged wood or plaster removed and replaced. Mold can be removed from your walls with a solution of bleach and water and a stiff-bristled brush.
You also need to protect your food from plaster beetles. To keep them at bay, store all of your pantry items in pest-proof containers. Plastic containers with tight-fitting lids are sufficient to keep out beetles, but glass containers are better since they will also keep out pests like rodents.
If controlling moisture and mold and hiding your food isn't enough to get rid of the plaster beetles, hire a pest control company. The pest control company can spray your home with insecticides to kill all of the beetles.
Plaster beetles can be a major nuisance, but with the help of a professional, you can get rid of them. For more information, contact Bug Busters Inc or a similar company.