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How to Get Rid of Black Beetles

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.

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

  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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Tip

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

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Things You'll Need

  • Latex caulk
  • Copper wool
  • Insulated foam
  • Glueboards

About the Author

Stephen Robinson specializes in health and fitness writing. He was first published in "Inside Kung Fu" magazine in 2001 and continues to write online, primarily for Demand Studios. He is currently completing a degree in health, physical education and recreation at Walters State Community College and plans to seek a Bachelor of Science in exercise science at East Tennessee State University.

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