There are several hundred species of click beetles found in North America. Also known as Snapping beetles, spring beetles and skipjacks. Click beetles get their unusual name from the pest’s defense mechanism which is to use a specialized body part to make the clicking-sound and makes them jump in the air. However, they are completely harmless.
Click beetles like to hide in dark crack and crevices in tree bark, under things on the ground or debris near the structure. Click beetle larva feed on plants and vegetables like potatoes or corn, so gardens will attract them. Click beetles are not indoor pests however they are attracted to lights near doors and may come inside by mistake. If found inside, a vacuum makes a great tool to remove them. Sealing up cracks around doors and windows can help keep them out of the house.
Professional pest control services are rarely if ever needed to control click beetles.
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