Plaster Beetles

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Identification

  • Colour Brown
  • Size From 1 mm to 2 mm long
  • Description Due to the large number of species, the physical appearance of these beetles can vary greatly.

General Facts

Why do I have plaster beetles?

Plaster beetles feed on hyphae, mould spores, and other fungi like mildew, so invade newly plastered buildings, mouldy food, and damp bathrooms, basements, crawl spaces, and ceilings.

Any spots with high humidity, where water consistently leaks or runs, such as water spigots or leaky windows, also make ideal living conditions for these pests.

These insects are also attracted to light and can fly. They easily enter homes without detection due to their tiny size.

How worried should I be about plaster beetles?

Infestations of plaster beetles in damp or mouldy foods create unsanitary eating conditions and can be a frightening sight.

However, they can also be difficult to detect until large numbers of the pests become established, making identification and removal hard for homeowners. To truly eradicate a plaster beetle infestation and stop them returning, you need professional pest control services.

How can I prevent plaster beetles invading?

Ensure that any new renovations dry out, Use dehumidifiers in basements and crawl spaces, Check for leaks and fix promptly, Dispose of food before mould can grow, Ensure that air vents are free-flowing

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