Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Beetles
Frequently asked questions about beetles:
Beetles are not generally dangerous to humans, however, cockroaches that are a species of beetle can be.
Treatment for beetles differs depending on the species. In most cases, an insecticide is used to get rid of beetles.
Beetles can be attracted to a food source or might be found emerging from a food source. Food sources differ depending on the species.
There are over 4000 species of beetles living in the UK. The most common beetle species in the UK is likely to be the ladybird.
Beetles rarely bite humans – there aren’t many species of beetles in the UK that bite. Bites are likely to bed bug or flea bites.
Water, shelter and food sources will attract beetles into your home.
Some beetles may be deterred through strong smells such as citronella, eucalyptus, melaleuca (tea tree), and peppermint.
Removing vegetation from the outside of your house and/or using an insecticide will keep beetles away, depending on the species. Regular hoovering carpeted areas can also prevent carpet beetles.
Depending on the species, you may have an infestation due to a problem with a food source or they may just be a casual intruder, similar to ants.
Carpeted areas that do not get hoovered, such as under heavy pieces of furniture, encourage larvae of carpet beetles to bread in these areas.