Local Fires Bringing Large Beetles

There are a lot of insects you’re probably familiar with. Spiders, cockroaches, ants – these are standard pests that people see in and around their homes, and why so many people in the Roseville and Rocklin, CA region need pest control.

But every once in a while, you may see an insect you did not expect – one that maybe you have never seen before. One such insect that we’re occasionally seeing more of here in the Greater Sacramento area is called the “Sawyer Beetle,” and we’re seeing it for an upsetting reason.

What is the Sawyer Beetle?

Sawyer beetles are large, 2 inch long beetles that also have two, 2 inch long antennae that shoot out from both sides of its head. It gives these beetles a massive appearance, far larger than most pests we have in the region, and it can be extremely surprising to come across one of these beetles in your travels, especially if you have never seen one before.

The good news is that these beetles are harmless. They’re not even considered pests, because they typically do not end up inside of a property for any reason (though, like most bugs, they can accidentally end up there if they get lost looking for food or water.

But there is a reason we’re seeing them more, and that reason can be a little bit sad. Sawyer beetles are best known as one of the pests that thrive in forests after a fire. Once all the wood has burned, sawyer beetles like to feed upon the burnt, dead wood. Because we’ve had so many wildfires recently, we’re seeing a lot more of these bugs in the region. They usually stick to the areas where the fire burned, but like all pests, they like to explore, and can find their way around your home.

If you see a sawyer beetle on your property, you don’t need to be concerned. But if you’re seeing a lot of any pests inside of your home, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have pest control to help keep those pests from entering. Learn more by contacting ADAPT Pest, today.

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