Rove Beetles

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Identification

  • Colour Black or brown
  • Size Up to 2 mm to 20 mm long
  • Description Slender bodies and short front wings.
  • Notes Angle their abdomens upward when they run or are startled.

General Facts

Why do I have rove beetles?

Rove beetles live in decaying organic matter and soil, and so often enter homes through cracks seeking the leaf litter, debris, rocks, and plants commonly found in basements.

How worried should I be about rove beetles?

Rove beetles are largely considered beneficial, since they feed on small insects found on crops and dead animals, but can be unsightly in homes and bite if handled.

They are also nocturnal and hibernate in winter, so detecting infestations can be difficult. Even when active, they move quickly, so you might only catch glimpses of them.

Vacuuming up any rove beetles you see can deal with a small infestation, but to be sure of removing them and keeping them away, you need professional pest control services.

How can I prevent rove beetles invading?

Check under plants and trash bins indoors, Inspect rocks and vegetation outdoors, Remove any decaying matter you find, Sealing any cracks around doors and windows, Vacuum up any rove beetles you see

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