May 28, 2013 - 06:46 AM
hi Amy, there are different kinds of beetles that can get inside and become a problem indoors. These beetles typically are black, some are speckled, most are fairly good sized. The size of a pencil lead or larger.
Other beetles that can get indoors in kitchens are beetles that can be brought in the home from the grocery store. These beetles are usually associated with grains or flours. The Red Flour Beetle is a good example. Visit this page to learn more about Red and Confused Flour Beetles. These beetles usually don't live behind baseboards, as they are brought indoors in food such as cake mix, bread flour, etc.
Other insects that can get indoors that can appear to be a beetle but really are a mite, is the red spider mite. These little critters are bright red and can be seen crawling on the floor, could probably get inside a wall, etc.
If you really don't know what type of beetle you are dealing with, then spraying may or may not solve the problem.
A good product to spray baseboards and even cabinets with is Alpine Pressurized Spray. Its a GREEN product and can be used in kitchens, pantries, cabinets etc, without worry. Don't directly spray exposed dishes or foods.
The ePest IPM Bug Trap, will also help capture and monitor beetles. Place them along the floors, inside cabinets, pantry, etc.
I really can't give you any more specific info that this without seeing the beetle or knowing what it is. If you prefer, send me a sample preferably loosely wrapped in a cotton ball so it doesn't get "squished" to my address. I will be more than happy to indentify it and give you specific treatment advice.
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