How to Get Rid of Black Beetles

Written by stephen robinson
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

Black beetles, also called ground beetles, are considered occasional invaders by the pest-control industry because they are not normally an indoor pest. Black beetles prefer moist areas outside and can be found in leaf and other yard debris, under rocks and beneath logs. Because they are a predatory insects feeding in large part on nuisance pests, control measures should be limited to preventing their entry into your home.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Latex caulk
  • Copper wool
  • Insulated foam
  • Glueboards

Show MoreHide

Instructions

    Seal Your Home

  1. 1

    View the edges of doors and windows from inside, making note of areas where outside light shines through. Remember to check garage, basement and crawl space doors.

  2. 2

    Repair any gaps in doors by installing, repairing or replacing door seals. Fill gaps around windows using caulk.

  3. 3

    Fill gaps around plumbing and where cable, phone and other wires enter your home. The best repair is to use a layer of copper wool (steel works but will rust), followed by a layer of caulk or insulated foam.

    Keep Them Away From Your Home

  1. 1

    Remove debris from around the foundation and keep lawn and foliage trimmed back.

  2. 2

    Apply a residual pesticide around the perimeter of your home. Read the label, follow all directions and warnings, and make note of the product's expected active life. Reapply after the time elapses. Note that times given are in ideal conditions; sunlight and rain drastically reduce the pesticide's active life.

  3. 3

    Monitor and trap beetles by installing glue boards to catch them. Choose glue boards that can be folded into a box to prevent other items from sticking to them. Place them along the walls on both sides of doors and other entry areas.

  4. 4

    As a last resort, limit or eliminate their food supply by applying outdoor insecticide. Granular products work best in the yard because they break down over time with water. Spread a granular insecticide and follow label instructions concerning the safety, proper use, rate and the amount of water necessary to activate the product.

Tips and warnings

  • If you or a pet gets stuck to a glue board, it can be removed using ordinary vegetable oil.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.