Click Beetles

What do click beetles look like?

black and white eastern click beetle found in new york

Adult click beetles are reddish-brown and may grow up to 1 ½ inches in length. They look very similar to a cockroach, and are, in fact, often mistaken for one.  Their larvae are long and cylindrical in shape, have a relatively hard body, and resemble a meal worm.

Click beetle behaviors

Click beetles are known for the loud click noise they make when they’re righting themselves.  You see, if they become stuck on their back, the spine they have on the underside of their thorax fits into a groove that is found on the underside of their abdomen.  When this happens they will arch their back and “snap” themselves straight.

Click beetles feed on plants (potatoes, roots, grains, cotton, and corn), pollen, and insects.  During the summer months these beetles will gather in large numbers on porches and decks after being attracted by artificial outdoor lighting.  They make their way into structures through small openings that they find and can become quite a nuisance.

Are click beetles dangerous?

No, click beetles are not dangerous to people. They can cause some minor damage to crops and plants but are mainly viewed as a nuisance pest.  

Can Suburban help with a click beetle problem?

Though they are not dangerous, click beetles are annoying and are a pest problem Suburban Exterminating can help resolve.  We offer home pest control and commercial pest control services that are designed to eliminate and prevent infestations of beetles, other insects and rodents.  For more information about getting rid of click beetles or to schedule your free inspection, call Suburban Exterminating today!

Click beetle prevention tips

The best way to prevent click beetles from infesting is to implement an ongoing pest control plan that eliminates other insects (i.e. their food source).  You may also find it helpful to seal openings found around doors and windows.  We also recommend installing door sweeps, and covering windows with screens.


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