Tiger Beetles

Identification

  • Colour Metallic green, blue, purple, light tan, or dull brown
  • Size From 9 mm to 15 mm long
  • Description Large, bugle eyes, thin bodies, and sickle-shaped mandibles, with markings on their wing covers.
  • Notes Tiger beetles also have long legs that help them move extremely fast.

General Facts

Why do I have tiger beetles?

Tiger beetles typically live on sandy beaches, open fields, grasslands, hiking trails, and riverbeds, and feed on spiders, other beetles, springtails, grasshoppers, flies, and ants. They do not usually invade homes, but sometimes enter by accident, or are brought in by hikers within the folds of clothing or on backpacks.

How worried should I be about tiger beetles?

Tiger beetles pose no threat to people and are mostly considered beneficial. Some species are even protected through conservation efforts because they eat harmful pests. However, due to their large mandibles, tiger beetles can inflict painful bites when handled. Although incredibly rare, if a tiger beetle infestation gets out of hand, you'll need a professional pest control service to help eradicate these creatures and make sure they don't return.

How can I prevent tiger beetles invading?

seal any cracks or gaps around the building, check clothing/bags after being outdoors

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