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Jan 18, 2012 12:00 AM

Beetles in the house???

I have for the past few years been getting beetles randomly appearing every few months, When they are out ican find 10 a night but then dont see them for months again, Ive googled and nearest description I can get is carpet beetle but they dont look like them, they start off as tiny wee brown worm maggot tyoe things which grow and get fatter to about 1-2 cms long then I guess they shell and turn into the beetle, both are really dark brown in colour, mostly find them at my kitchen door but also been found in other rooms, always in the corners or around the skirting, theyt come out whenits dark and run away into nooks and crannys when I put the light on, ive just been lifting them and flushing them down the loo but would really like to get rid of them once and for all.

 

Any ideas what these are and how I get rid???

 

TIA

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    Jan 18, 2012 9:40 AM (in response to JOANNAG1)
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    Hi Joanna,

     

    There are a few species that might fit your description, if you could put a few in a little tub or box and post them to us we could confirm what they are.  The address is -

     

    Identification Service

    Natural History Museum

    Cromwell Road

    London

    SW7 5BD

     

    With all household pest species the best way to get rid of them is to find out what they are eating and cut off their food supply!  You could start by giving you kitchen cupboards a clean with disinfectant and cleaning out any old food items that you haven't used in a while.  If you have open packets of flour, nuts, dry pet food etc keep them in a tupperware box or tin so that the beetles can't get in.

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Hannah

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    Jan 18, 2012 2:32 PM (in response to JOANNAG1)
    Re: Beetles in the house???

    Could they be Mealworms?

     

    meal wormaaa.jpg

    Lewis

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        Jan 18, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to JOANNAG1)
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        Perhaps it is the Lesser Mealworm Beetle Alphitobius diaperinus. This has a darker larvae and the beetle itself is a little less elongated.

        Lewis

         

         

        Lesser Mealworm Larvae.jpg

        Mealworm beetle.jpg

        Or more likely even (as they are found in the UK ) The Dark Mealworm Tenebrio Obscurus.

         

        dark-mw-larva-small.jpg

        yellow-mealworm-small.jpg

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              Jan 19, 2012 7:12 AM (in response to JOANNAG1)
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              A lot of beetles fly but you rarely notice it.  Just because you've not seen them fly doesn't mean that they won't.

               

              You remind me of a funny story that happened a couple of years ago. I was at the northern coleopterists meeting in Manchester and had gone to lunch with a few friends to a local vegetarian restaurant - this is one of those places that just oozes 'new age activist' lifestyle; health foods for sale, feminist and eco-literature everywhere, you get the idea.. and there, crawling up the wall, was the first mealworm beetle I've seen in Manchester!

               

              I didn't tell them about it, I thought that particular bit of the ecosystem had every right to life....

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