BEST BLACK BEETLE SPRAY | BUGSPRAY
Black beetles are commonly found on the property of most any home. Generally considered to be a perimeter pest, black beetles can become invasive when left to populate and nest at their own free will. These beetles will range in size from less than 1/4 inch to almost 2 inches long. Generally dark brown to black, their bodies are tough like armor and they are quite resilient. You’ll notice a large sounding “crunch” when stepping on one.
This ample body “shield” does a good job of protecting black beetles from traditional insecticides. There are many species of black beetles that can live around the home and in most situations they are easy to tolerate. Problems arise, however, when homes are left untreated and unprotected at key entry points.
Black beetles are predatory and commonly forage for food in the dark of night. For this reason they’re many times able to go unnoticed until their numbers reach the thousands. Under the protection of darkness, they’ll emerge from rocks, mulch, wood chips and pine straw to go about their nightly business of foraging for food.
BLACK BEETLE BIOLOGY
As predatory insects go, black beetles are quite strong and can cover large distances in relatively little time given their short body size and lack of wings. Fortunately for them, nature has seemingly wired their senses to innately know where good food supplies will be readily available. So if you don’t treat their nests or the turf over which they must travel to forage, it’s highly likely they’ll start foraging inside your home at some point in the near future.
WHERE DO BLACK BEETLES NEST?
As previously stated, black beetles love pine straw, wood chips, mulch and thatch under which they can create secure nests. These nests will protect them from the elements. But excessive rainfall, heat and cold will drive them to seek better shelter. In the fall, black beetles will forage from their nest sites to more accommodating locations. Residential homes and other structures make perfect winter getaways for hibernating black beetles.
HOW TO TREAT BLACK BEETLES
Because of their thick skin and upright body motion used when walking, ready-to-use sprays won’t prove effective when treating a beetle infestation.
Black beetles will easily overcome such formulations. Combine this with the general “absorbent” nature of the ground and other ground cover around the home and it’s not likely any RTU formulation can provide the needed residual to have a significant impact.
But what will work is a combination of two products. First apply MAXXTHOR GRANULES to the turf and mulch areas surrounding the home. You’ll need to treat at least 10 feet out from the foundation and your goal is to create a band of treated soil.
The following “short video” (less than 60 seconds long) will give you a quick summary of how to apply the product around the home:
When done properly, the granules will slowly release down into the ground and kill any developing in the soil. The rate at which they “release” is constant and why applying them once a month is needed throughout the spring-summer-fall.
As explained in our video, this treated band will act as a barrier through which foraging black beetle larvae in the ground will be killed along with any that try to move into the soil. Other pine straw and mulch areas on your property outside this “band” should be treated as well if possible. Remember, black beetles forage over great distances so any nest sites on the property can lead to persistent home intrusions.
Use 1.2 lbs of of granules per 1,000 sq/ft of turf and apply them once a month when problems are active; once every 3 months to insure they don’t come back.
BEST BLACK BEETLE SPRAY
After applying the granules, spray over the top with MAXXTHOR EC. This active works very well on black beetles. Add .5 oz per gallon of water and use this to spray over 1,000 sq/ft of ground and foundation.
The best way to apply it is with our GREEN TOPPED HOSE END SPRAYER. The following video shows how to set it up and use it for spraying the ground and up the foundation.
Treat monthly when problems are active; once every 2-3 months to insure they don’t return.
Use our Green Topped Hose End to apply the Maxxthor.
BLACK BEETLE SPRAY FOR INSIDE THE HOME
If black beetles have already invaded the home, you should thoroughly treat all windows and baseboards with FS MP AEROSOL.
The following video shows how this is done.
FS MP has a slight odor but it’s quick acting, easy-to-use and will provide a fast knock down. Its ideal for most any insect and when you know where they’re nesting, a good choice.
The FS MP is easy to use and convenient but not practical for large homes or if the beetles have migrated to carpets and other interior locations. For these areas, BITHOR sprayed over carpeting, baseboards, windows and other routes of entry will stop them.
The following “short video” (less than 60 seconds long) explains why the odorless and safe for use around children and pets Bithor is the best option for inside spraying.
Mix 1 oz per gallon of water and apply the mixture over 1,000 sq/ft of area.
Use any standard PUMP SPRAYER to apply the Bithor.
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