The false bombardier beetle is one of four different species of beetles that cause the common false mites infestation. It is not known why this species is so common, or why it has been around for so long, but it certainly does not deter people from bringing the bad news of its presence to homes and other buildings they own. The pest control industry refers to these creatures as “larvae” because they do not grow, but merely crawl. This allows them to make quick and easy entry and exit through cracks and crevices, no matter where they are found or what they are made of.
In houses, the false bombardier beetle finds a nice home in humid rooms that often experience high levels of humidity. These areas are perfect for the creatures because they are not only dark and cool, but also poorly ventilated. Many homes have poor or no ventilation, which allow the galerita janus to thrive. Other areas where they may be present include basements and attics, laundry rooms and showers, and anywhere you see mold, mildew, debris or dead insects.
The false bombardier beetle first enters a home in the same way that many other insects do-by traveling through the soil on sticks or plant material. They then search out a host plant that contains enough moisture for their colony. In homes, they often find the wrong type of plant material, which makes them think there is moisture there when there is not. They then make their way toward the dry areas of a home, often times getting trapped in cracks and crevices. When they get stuck, they make their way toward your indoor air vents, where they release some of their chemicals and begin the process of living just about permanently.
This pest has a very distinctive look, with a long proboscis (or rather, proboscis and legs) that resemble those of a wasp. These body features are where the false bombardier beetle makes its way into a home. Their color can range from gray, to reddish brown, to a creamy white color. They have large mouth pieces with which they suck plant juices to obtain the sugars from the juices. The type of spray the false bombardier beetle uses is similar to the type of spray that a wasp uses.
This pest typically attacks in the late summer or early fall. They are particularly active at this time because the temperature has begun to rise and the insects’ metabolism has begun to speed up. During their movement, they often make their way through holes or crevices, which is where they find the food they need. The main problem you experience with false bombardier beetles is that they tend to do a great deal of damage to structures around the house.
You will first notice the wasps emerging from underground. As they emerge, the beetles feed on the leaves and petals of the plants. As they eat these types of plants, the female insects deposit a special type of defensive coating over the antennae and the head of the colony. This coating helps the female arthropods better withstand harsh weather conditions and is similar to the chinchilla’s or spider’s natural arachnid coat. The female bombardier beetles then lay eggs in a female’s chamber.
The eggs take about six to eight weeks to hatch and then the new members of the colony emerge. As the new members arrive, the old insects must exit their protective nests and move towards the colony’s new base. If the weather conditions are not suitable for the young insects to survive, the older insects will die off. This is how the new member of the colony, the cold-blooded arthropod, emerges from its wasp’s nest. The cold-blooded arthropods, unlike the warm-blooded arthropods, lacks a complex nervous system and cannot move very quickly; it uses its body heat to keep itself alive.
In order to make up for their lack of complexity, these arthropods have developed a series of alarm pheromones. These pheromones can attract birds and other small animals when they are threatened by predators. Only birds and insects are likely to approach a colony with such a warning signal. The false bombardier beetle can be seen on bird books as a member of the cicada family, but it is actually an arthropod. It is not related to any other arthropods and has been described as having very clumsy mandibles.