Rove Beetles

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  • 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.

How to identify Rove Beetles

As adults, rove beetles are typically smaller than 2 cm in length. Commonly, they are black or brown with slender bodies and short front wings. Homeowners can distinguish these pests from other beetles by the way they angle their abdomens upward when they run or are startled.

Signs of an infestation

Homeowners should search for rove beetle infestations under plants and trash bins indoors or rocks and vegetation outdoors. As the insects move quickly, individuals might only catch glimpses of them.

Rove Beetles Removal

Control infestations in houses by vacuuming up rove beetles immediately after detection. To effectively remove large populations, contact your local pest control expert.

How to prevent Rove Beetles from invading

To prevent rove beetles, remove any decaying matter near homes. Homeowners can also reduce the pests’ access by sealing any cracks or openings around windows and doors.

Habitat, Diet, and Life Cycle


Primarily, rove beetles nest in decaying organic matter and soil. They also hide under leaf litter, debris, rocks, and plants. In homes, the pests can be found in basements.


Rove beetles feed on small insects found on crops and dead animals.

Life Cycle

The life cycle of rove beetles consists of four stages: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. The eggs are laid in decaying matter and soil before hatching. Rove beetles develop rapidly and adults live for long periods of time.

Commonly Asked Questions

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.

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