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How to Get Rid of Beetle Bugs

By Antonia Lawrence
Beetles can damage home gardens by eating flowers and vegetables.
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Beetle bugs are one of the most numerous species on the planet with more than 350,000 identified species that comprise about 40 percent of all known insects. Given their popularity, it is quite probable that both your house and your garden are home to beetles. Some species of beetles can cause damage to plants and are bothersome in the home. You can get rid of beetles easily. However, if you have a large infestation, you many need professional help.

Identify the species of beetle found in your garden. Because not all beetles are harmful, ensure you are not killing beetles, like ladybugs, that are promoting the health of your plants. Websites like insectidentification.org provide pictures and descriptions of common North American beetles.

Spray plants the beetles find attractive with over-the-counter chemical or organic insecticides. Depending on the type of beetle, it may be necessary to spray the plants several times a week over the course of multiple weeks.

Set beetle traps in your garden or home to attract beetles. Beetle traps can be found in most home improvement and garden supply stores. A beetle trap has the advantage of minimizing and containing the chemical exposure in your home or garden. Empty beetle traps every day because beetle carcasses may give off an unpleasant odor, depending on the beetle species.

Scrubbing surfaces with bleach is another solution to beetle extermination. Some beetle species are attracted to common molds and mildews. By thoroughly cleaning areas where beetles are found you can eliminate the spores that attract the beetles and prevent future beetle infestations.


Things You Will Need

  • Insecticide
  • Beetle traps
  • Bleach


  • If you are unable to get rid of beetles via do-it-yourself solutions, commercial insect extermination is an option. Keep in mind that professional exterminators are expensive. Therefore, attempting to kill beetles yourself is the cheapest and generally most effective way of getting rid of beetle bugs.

About the Author


Based in Seattle, Antonia Lawrence has been writing and editing since 2007. Lawrence has worked and traveled extensively in both Europe and Asia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and French language from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida.