The name “darkling beetle” applies to thousands of species of beetles in the Eleodes genus; hundreds of which live in the United States. They prefer to reside in dry, warm climates. Darkling Beetles bury themselves in the ground during the day and emerge at night in search of food. Darkling Beetles are scavengers and decomposers who rely mostly on dead leaves, rotting wood, and other decaying plants for nourishment.
Darkling Beetles are notorious for causing damage to wood and invading areas in which poultry reside. They can carry diseases such as E. coli, Salmonella, infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV), astrovirus, and more. Among poultry, Darkling Beetles are known to consume feed, pester birds, and even predispose the birds to diseases.
When you don’t get rid of rotting food, plants, or wood, you’re inviting Darkling Beetles onto your property and into your home. It is recommended to keep your yard clear of leaves and other decaying debris. Always check any wood piles for Darkling Beetles and store wood away from the exterior walls of your home. For the best protection, consider adding TAP® Pest Control Insulation to your attic for a permanent layer of pest protection.
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