Beetles account for approximately 25% of all life forms on earth and there are more than 5 million different species. They can be easily identified by their hard outer shell, which covers their wings.

Unfortunately, several types of beetles are known to feed on wood, which can cause substantial damage residential and commercial buildings. In addition, these infestations can continue for weeks or months because the beetles generally remain unseen while they are feeding upon the wood. This is true for powder post beetles, old house borer beetles, bark beetles, citrus long-horned beetles and Asian beetles, among others. Additional beetles can grow from eggs that are laid in the wood.

Other types of beetles cause problems outside the home by feeding on garden plans. These include the Colorado potato beetle, the boll weevil, the rose chafer, the western corn rootworm, and others. The presence of just a few beetles is usually an indication that more exist.