Is That An American Spider Beetle Or A Bed Bug?

To the untrained person, sights of the American spider beetle may send someone into a complete frenzy.  These interesting looking beetles often spark panicked calls from concerned residents to NJ pest control professionals asking for immediate help with a bed bug infestation.  Upon their arrival to the scene, New Jersey pest control professionals find themselves explaining the differences between spider beetles and bed bugs to customers as they both have similar physical characteristics.

Spider beetles are often confused with bed bugs that have just received a blood meal as both insects would have similar large rounded abdomens at that time.   In addition, spider beetles are also dark reddish/brown to black in color, which is also similar to bed bugs.  Unlike bed bugs, some spider beetles have shiny bodies and their head, antennae, and thorax are covered in fine hairs.  Besides the red/brown shiny spider beetles, there are also white-marked spider beetles.

Unlike bed bugs which feed on blood, preferably from a human, spider beetles do not suck the blood from any creature.  Instead, spider beetles which tend to be found living in damp areas indoors, are typically nocturnal feeders.  Once spider beetle infestations begin, they quickly multiply as they infest and feed upon all types of foods.  Spider beetles feed on food sources, dead overwintering insects trapped in walls, and bat and rodent droppings.

A New Jersey pest control expert will be able to properly identify bed bugs and spider beetle infestations.  Both insects are difficult to treat and require the help of a licensed pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.

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