Have you heard about spider beetles? No, we didn’t just make this pest up! Spider beetles are actually small beetles that look somewhat like small spiders (or even large mites!) because of their long legs and relatively large and rounded abdomens. These scavengers feed on a variety of items including cereals, grains, seeds, dried fruits and veggies, fish food, spices, old wood, dead insects and even rodent droppings. They can be found inside wall voids and drop ceilings but also in your kitchen pantry. Many wonder, are these dangerous pests and what can you do to prevent them? These questions are answered by the St. Louis pest control professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.
Are spider beetles dangerous or harmful?
No, spider beetles are not dangerous. A spider beetle bite is not known to be harmful to people or pets, nor do they spread any diseases. They don’t damage your belongings either, but they are known for infesting food products, which can be harmful to those products and make them unusable.
How can you prevent spider beetles?
Preventing and controlling spider beetles can be a challenge, but it isn’t impossible. By simply removing the food sources that these pests enjoy, you are likely to prevent spider beetle infestations. Vacuum your kitchen pantry and cupboards thoroughly to remove the food residue that spider beetle larvae may eat; this will also remove any beetles that are still in their cocoons. Before purchasing items at the store, make sure the packaging is completely intact as destroyed packages are more likely to have holes and thus food infesting pests. When you bring new food products into your home, protect them in sealed containers.
If you continue to have problems with spider beetles or you’re not sure that spider beetles are the problem, contact the professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. We can help identify the pests causing you problems with a thorough inspection. We can also offer effective treatments and preventative solutions to keep these pests from being a problem for you in the future. Contact us today to learn more about spider beetles and to schedule an inspection with our St. Louis pest control professionals. Offering exceptional pest control solutions to the St. Louis area since 1956, you can trust that the experienced professionals at Rottler will handle all your pest concerns.