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Spider Beetles: What You Need to Know

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What Is A Spider Beetle?

Spider beetles may look like tiny spiders (hence the name), however, they are actually beetles instead. They are not as abundant or well known as other household pests, but are actually quite common in the United States.

Spider beetles are scavengers, looking for a meal wherever they can. Their favorite foods are also some of our favorite foods like grain products, seeds, dried mushrooms, dried fruits and dried meats. They will also eat things we would never such as wool, hair, rat and mouse droppings, feathers, museum specimens, books, animal feed—just about any organic matter is a meal to spider beetles. 

What Do Spider Beetles Look Like?

Spider beetles are reddish-brown to pale yellow/cream and are typically 2-5mm long. They are oval with long legs and many species are flightless. These insects are often confused for bed bugs because their size and shape is similar to that of a bed bug. If you have found a small, reddish-brown, oval bug in your pantry, it’s a good bet that you have spider beetles. It is always wise to have a pest control specialist to come inspect your home just to make certain. 

How Can I Prevent A Spider Beetle Infestation?

To control a spider beetle infestation or a possible spider beetle infestation, first find and eliminate the infested items. If you have a large infestation this could prove to be difficult as many items in your home could be infested. 

Can a Spider Beetle Infestation Damage My Home?

Spider beetles do not cause any bodily harm as they do not bite or sting. They are also not considered a serious pest as they won’t do damage to the foundation of your home. If you have a large infestation of spider beetles they can eat large amounts of food in your home making them a rather large nuisance. 

Should I Call Pest Control For Spider Beetles?

If you have found small, reddish-brown pests in your pantry or around your home, you may have a spider beetle infestation. There are, of course, other pests that look like and act similar to the spider beetle and you will want to know to take the correct course of action to eliminate your infestation. To make sure you know what you are dealing with and subsequently how to fight your pest problem, your best bet is to call a pest control specialist immediately to have them appropriately take care of the issue.


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