Beetle Infestation?

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We have been infestation by the millions (no joke) of nasty little beetles that come in black, red and sometimes gray. They don't seem to be going for any kind of food item such as wheat, flour, etc. They like to feed off of their dead comrades, and anything else they can find dead. The closest thing I can find that matches their appearance is a death watch beetle. I don't think they are death watch beetles, though? They are coming to my house every evening after the sun goes down and throughout the night. Once the sun comes up I don't see them running through the yard towards the house anymore.


We have had the exterminators out and they have sprayed the house, but even though it has killed multitudes of them (some places we had an inch or so thick of dead beetles on the outside of the house) the numbers are too great and they just don't stop coming into the house. By the way, the exterminators are at a loss also as to what these beetles may be.

Please help. I am getting ready to move to a hotel. I think the house should just be burnt to the ground. Any clue as to what to do besides burning the house, yard and surrounding field would be awesome.

Brutond from Lancaster, CA

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

If you are in the country could you ask a local stock and station company to advise what type of beetle they are.And what course of action should you take To get rid of them.Or take a digital photo and send to the dept of agriculture they could give some advice.You may be able to make a simple bug trap once you know what attracts them like a fly trap as opposed to chemical sprays.

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April 1, 20080 found this helpful

I wonder if these are carpet beetles.... The ones I have are teeeeeeeeny tiiiny black bugs with little gray spots. They move surprisingly fast for their size. The larvae are known as "wooly bears"!


Pretty much the only things you can do is clean clean clean! They eat feathers and hair and probably skin cells, so they are ubiquitous!

Some bug sprays that list specifically carpet beetles can be used, but only around the baseboards and edges, not on bedding or upholstery! Hot water washing for your bed linens are about the best way to kill them off. It's hard to kill them all, I never even see the larvae, only the adult beetles themselves. It's a struggle to keep up, although in cold weather I don't see them.

You can Google on them and then look at the images area to see if they are what you have.

Good luck....

Oh, do NOT use Borax as a pest control if you have pets or small kids, as they can ingest it. NOT a good thing!

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By brutond (Guest Post)
April 2, 20080 found this helpful

I found out that they are called Darkling Beetle's and hopefully they are not as bad this year as they have been in the previous last two years.

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October 16, 2005

I live right across the road from a soybean field. I have not hundreds but thousands of asian ladybugs on and in my home. Does anyone have any help or tips?

Aliree from B.P. Minnesota

Asian Lady Beetle Infestation 10/17/2005
I get ladybugs bad every fall, last year I went to Lowes and was told to buy Bug Stop. It comes in a clear gallon jug with a sprayer. I sprayed the outside of my home (around doorways and windows) and only saw a few. I litteraly could walk outside and get beat with them flying into me but they would stay away from my house. I've also seen it at Walmart and my local hardware store.

I still haven't seen a ladybug yet this year but they haven't came out bad yet, when they do I'll just give a little spray on the house and they will go away. I think I paid 13.00 for the jug but has lasted me 2 years, might be slightly higher now that prices are going up on everything. Hope this helps.

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