Articles For Beetles

  • Helpful Beetles
  • When you see that bug scurry across your carpet or your toes when you are working in the garden, do you know if it’s friend or foe? Can it hurt you? Is it desirable in the garden? Here we’ll cover a few of the common ones that you do want around.

  • Ladybugs
  • The subject of nursery rhymes and movies these colorful little beetles are one of the most desirable kinds to encourage in your garden. They also have another side to

  • Beetles: Interesting Facts
  • The beetles comprise perhaps the largest and most diverse group in the entire insect world, so it stands to reason they offer some of the greatest oddities. From glow worms to wire worms, rhino beetles to blister beetles, you’ll learn a lot of little facts about them.

  • Bugs in the Pool
  • If you can’t go to the local swimmin’ hole, perhaps the swimmin’ hole can come to you. Your backyard pool can be visited by a number of insects that stop by for a cool respite, and perhaps hang around a few days. What can you do about this party?

  • Fireflies & Lightning Beetles
  • Everyone easily forms the picture in their mind of a child with a jar full of summertime fireflies. But where does the light come from and why? Is it really a “fly”. Where do we find them. Fun article about a wonderful insect group.

  • Sharing Your House for the Winter
  • Once upon a time there was a cave, and insects found refuge in the cave for their survival of winter weather. The modern day caves are our homes, and a whole procession of bugs may find their way in. Here are many of the common ones for you to learn about.

  • Carpet Beetles
  • Mother Nature has a very efficient house-keeping crew that recycles all the leftover stuff. Animal hair is not very nutritious for most insects to eat, but carpet beetles have found a way. Unfortunately, a lot of our fabrics also are made from animal hair, and we aren’t done using them yet!

  • Beetles in Dead Trees
  • While we often hear of the terrible damage beetles can do when they bore into trees, insects also play a vital role in turning dead trees into useful nutrients. Here we discuss these beneficial insects and help you identify the ones you might see.

  • Good Bugs, Bad Bugs?
  • With thousands of different kinds of bugs living around us, how do we tell the good ones from the pesky ones? The helpful roles of some common insects are covered so you can make the right decisions when you see them.

  • Roadkill Cafe & Its Guests
  • What could be more disgusting than a mass of writhing maggots? Still, these insects have a job to do, and without them and their feeding activities we’d have a serious problem in Nature. Humans have also found maggots to be pretty useful in some unusual ways.

  • Those Boring Beetles
  • Your trees are at risk, for there are many insects that want to eat it, from the leaves right down to the roots. Those that burrow into the trunk and branches are covered here, along with their potential to kill the trees and what options you have for stopping them.

  • White Grubs & Weevils
  • You may not realize they are there, but bugs are feeding on your beautiful lawn, often laying undetected in the soil until there suddenly is a large brown area of dead grass. Recognizing and controlling these big insect larvae will be discussed

  • Click Beetles
  • An odd but very descriptive name for an interesting family of beetles. These insects can jump, but oddly they do so when they are upside down and seemingly helpless. Some kinds even light up like flying sparks. Read about click beetles and why you may see them in the home.

  • Ash and Oak Borer Beetles
  • Beetles are among the most beautiful of all the insects. They also are among the most destructive to our forests and landscape trees, and new species finding their way into North America are taking a terrible toll on our native trees. Read about some of these recent exotic imports here.