Do you have questions about spider beetles? What are they? What do they eat? Where do they live? Are they dangerous, and how can you keep them out? If you are wondering these things, then you've come to the right place.
What is this mysterious pest?
Is it a spider? Or is it a beetle? Actually, they are tiny beetles that look a lot like little spiders (or perhaps large mites) because of their large, rounded abdomens and long legs. Some people have even mistaken them for bed bugs.
What do these strange little creatures feed on?
Spider beetles enjoy eating meat, cocoa, sugar, seeds, dried fruits and vegetables, grains, cereals, fish food, spices, old wood, rodent droppings, dead insects, and more.
Where do these beetles typically hang out?
Spider beetles are usually found inside wall voids and drop ceilings, but they can also be found in your pantry, where they are likely to find food.
Are spider beetles dangerous?
Spider beetles are in no way dangerous. They are not known to be harmful to people or animals, and they do not spread diseases the way some other household pests do. Neither do they damage belongings. However, as mentioned above, they do hang out in pantries, where they are known to infest food products. So they are harmful in that they can ruin food which will have to be thrown away, and replaced. This means a hit to your wallet.
There are steps you can take to try to prevent spider beetles from infesting:
Remove food items that spider beetles enjoy, or keep foods secure in tightly sealed containers, or in the refrigerator.
Thoroughly vacuum and clean all areas where food is kept or prepared. This will remove food sources for spider beetle larvae and also remove any beetles that have yet to emerge from their cocoons.
Inspect all food packages at the store, making sure that the packages are not in any way torn or punctured.
Eliminate dampness and high humidity by using fans or dehumidifiers.
Eliminate rodents, birds and other insects, as spider beetles feed on feces and dead insects.
If you are dealing with an infestation of spider beetles, or any other household pest, you may have a difficult time getting rid of them with do-it-yourself methods. While some strategies seem to work, often pests will simply retreat into your wall voids, only to come back in force later on. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we are backed by 60 years of experience in identifying and eliminating household pests. Our trained pest technicians know how to identify pest problems, and know exactly the steps and products that are needed to take care of the problem. Don't put up with spider beetles, or any other pest, contact us today for a FREE inspection.