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So you're seeing tiny little shiny black things that sort of look like spiders, but more like little black beetles? Perhaps you've seen them outside crawling on a dead rodent, or in your pantry inside a box of cereal. It doesn't really matter where you see them; their presence is disturbing--especially if there is a large infestation.

Spider beetles are scavengers. They will eat lots of things such as seeds, cereal, meat, flour, dried veggies and fruits, dead insects, fish food, rodent droppings, cayenne pepper, old wood, roots, cocoa, sugar, spices, and drugs. Some common places in a home where they might be found include wall voids and drop ceilings. Although they can be found in homes, they are primarily warehouse pests where they attack various seeds and certain grains such as barley, wheat, flax, and rye. Some spider beetles have been discovered being very active even during freezing weather. Although they are damaging to food goods, they do not bite or sting humans or pets. They do not spread disease, and they do not damage the house or furniture.

What to do if you have an infestation?

The best, most effective way to get rid of spider beetles is to locate the source of the infestation and get rid of it quickly. Here are some things you can do to eliminate or prevent a spider beetle infestation:

  • Use a flashlight and examine food storage areas and foods. Dispose of infested foods in heavy plastic bags that are tightly sealed.
  • When purchasing foods, closely examine items such as flour, dried foods, and pet foods. Also, check dates for freshness.
  • Always buy seldom used foods in small quantities to avoid having to store food for long time.
  • Store foods in the refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers.
  • Use older packages before newer ones, rotating items on your shelf by putting newly purchased items to the back and moving old ones to the front.
  • Ventilate storage areas to eliminate moisture.
  • Promptly clean up any spilled food or liquids.
  • Thoroughly clean hard-to-reach places such as under the refrigerator and between the stove and cabinet.
  • Eliminate rodents, spiders, and other insects since spider beetles feed on dead insects and insect feces.

I want these bugs out of my house!

If you are serious about getting rid of spider beetles in your home, it is time to call in the professionals. Here at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, we offer a thorough inspection of your home at no charge. Then, we will not only take care of your spider beetle problem, we'll also effectively eliminate any other household pests that might be a health hazard to you, your family, or your pets. Call today, and ask about our year-round pest services. Living bug-free is simply a better way to live.


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