The typical ground beetle in this region is the black ground beetle. They are part of a large cosmopolitan family of beetles, Carabidae, which has more than 40,000 species worldwide, around 2,000 of them are found in North America. They are usually a shiny black color or metallic with ridged wings and large eyes. Although they have wings they are unable to fly. They can grow a little over a half an inch long.
These black ground beetles usually live under old logs, leaves and stones. They have been found in many environments including fields, shorelines and agriculture. They eat a lot of pests and other prey that include fly maggots, caterpillars, earthworms and other soft bodied creatures. They have also been known to climb trees and shrubs looking for prey. They are also beneficial garden insects.
There are several ways to control ground beetles. Removing food that support beetle development and reproduction would be the start of prevention. Many insecticides are labeled for the control of these insects. If you face a ground beetle infestation, the experienced St. Louis Pest Control Exterminators at All Seasons, All Pests can help. To schedule your free inspection, contact us right away.