Should the carrion beetle be removed or left to carry on?
February 8th, 2018 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services
Are carrion beetles a threat to your home? This post is all about the Carrion beetle and tips on how to get rid of carrion beetles.
What do Carrion Beetles eat?
Carrion Beetles are pretty interesting in the fact that both their larva stages and adult stages feed on basically the same thing. Most insects and pests tend to have different diets when it comes to their adult forms and larval forms.
Carrion beetles tend to eat anything that is rotting or decaying. Their diets typically consist of things like rotting flesh, dead skin cells, rotting fruit, decaying wildlife, and occasionally feed on other insects and maggots that feast on rotting things as well.
These beetles are very competitive as well and don’t like to share. Some species of Carrion beetles in the wild will actually bury a food source when they find it so they don’t have to compete over resources with other pests like flies that would also feed on the rotting material.
Helpful things that Carrion beetles do for the environment
Carrion beetles are an essential part of the ecosystem because they work to eliminate decaying matter and recycle it back into the soil. Without insects like Carrion beetles, we would have a lot of decaying food, animal carcasses, and animal waste just laying around.
Thankfully, these bugs can help eliminate these things and help speed along the circle of life. They also help in the reduction of excess fly populations. Since Carrion beetles compete over the same food sources as many types of flies, it helps keep their numbers in check.
Carrion beetles can even help with forensic science and lead to solving crimes faster. Since Carrion beetles feed on decaying material, that often means people who have been murdered as well.
Scientists can actually use Carrion beetles to help determine the time of death on some victims. How long the victim has been deceased will determine how old the Carrion beetles are and what life cycle stage they are in.
While Carrion Beetles can be helpful to the environment, you probably don’t want them in your home
There’s 3 foundations that pests need in order to survive and those are food, water, and shelter. When it comes to Carrion beetles, should you focus on removing them by killing them or eliminating resources they need to survive?
More often than not, it’s usually easier to prevent pest issues and eliminate the causes of pest activity rather than trying to kill off the ones that are causing problems. Certainly it may be required to treat the pests that are active in some situations, but with Carrion beetles, they typically can be removed by removing their survival resources.
If your home is overrun with Carrion beetles, the first step you should do is eliminate their food sources. Thankfully, since both adult and young forms of Carrion beetles both feed on the same thing, removal of their food sources can have the biggest impact on getting rid of carrion beetles.
As with most pest removal and prevention, proper sanitation can go a long way to avoiding many issues. Properly sealing garbage cans inside and out can eliminate easy access to potential food sources for Carrion beetles.
Follow these pest control tips for a great way how to get rid of Carrion beetles.
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