Professional Beetle Control In Kent

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Beetles-order Coleoptera

Beetles form the largest insect order, including 40% of all the named insect species worldwide. Most environments have been colonised and furthermore many serious agricultural pest species exist. Some do considerable damage to stored foods, building structures and fabrics including fibres.

Some of the significant pest species;

Larder Beetle(Dermestes lardarius)

It is about 7-9mm long, has short clubbed antennae and a convex elongate-oval shape. It naturally occurs in bird nests. Also found in poultry units, animal feed mills and domestic premises. They feed on high protein diets.

Larder Beetle

Fur Beetle(Attagenus pellio)

The adult is 4-5mm long, clubbed antennae,  shiny black with two white  spots at the base of the pro-thorax. One spot on each wing case. It is common in birds nests, domestic premises, museums and animal units. Larvae feed on fabrics, clothing, furs and stuffed specimens and as a result cause damage.

Variegated Carpet Beetle(Anthrenus verbasci)

The adult is up to 4mm in length with a very short clubbed antennae. Wing cases are white, pale yellow, brown & black. They are common in birds nests, domestic premises and museums. The damage is done by the larvae, these are called ‘woolley bears’ , for example, feeding on woollen carpets, clothing, furs and museum specimens. On the bright side the adults are harmless!



Australian Spider Beetle(Ptinus tectus)

About 2.5-4mm long, long simple antennae, mid-brown, overall appearance is like a spider. Found in birds nests and on the whole, is a food storage scavenger. In particular feeds on high animal protein content but also attacks cereal products, dried fruit, pulses, spices dog biscuits. Larvae damage the packaging.

Yellow Mealworm Beetle(Tenebrio molitor)

15mm long, medium length antennae without club, slightly shiny black or very dark brown. Widespread throughout Britain and associated scavengers in birds nests, on droppings or dead birds. Associated with poor hygiene or debris.

Biscuit Beetle(Stegobium paniceum)

2-3mm long, mid to dark brown overall colour with a loose 3-segmented antennae club. Found worldwide and in particular is a pest of food stores and domestic larders. Normally feeds on cereal products, spices and a wide range of dried foodstuffs. Can penetrate food packaging. There is no doubt this is an overall serious food industry pest.