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There are over 300,000 known Beetle species in the world. Beetles, which belong to the largest insect order Coleoptera, are identified by their elytra (their hard outer wings) and a carapace. With so many species, they range in size, shape and colour and what they feed on (plant or animal matter).
Beetles undergo a full 4 stage metamorphosis - egg, larva, pupa and adult. All adult beetles possess chewing mouthparts (and powerful jaws), two pairs of wings and a durable body commonly hardened.
Plants are the most common home for beetles. Some specifics live around water and can swim. Other types tunnel and burrow in trees or underground.
While many types will infest your home or business, many are no more than a grotesque nuisance. Other beetle species are destructive and can damage your personal belongings and home. To determine how to best treat a beetle infestation, you need to understand the type of beetle you are dealing with. For some species, they are best controlled through an exterior treatment to a building's fascia, soffits, walls or door frames. For others you can prevent unwanted entry and infestation through sealing cracks and gaps in your home or building’s exterior, especially surrounding windows, doors, eaves, siding and roofing.
TYPES OF BEETLES
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