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Click Beetle Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from click beetles by learning techniques for identification and control.

Click Beetle Illustration
Family Elateridae
900 species
Elongated body
Black or brown
.5 to 1 inch


How do I get rid of click beetles?

What You Can Do

Click beetles are occasional invaders that generally come inside homes by accident or to escape from cold weather. Using vacuums to remove them and sealing up the cracks, gaps, and holes they use to enter homes are the best ways to reduce click beetle problems. Insecticides should rarely be used and are not recommended in most cases.

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage click beetles and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique beetle treatment program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep click beetles in their place…out of your home, or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Click Beetles


  • Characteristics: There are more than 900 species of click beetles found in North America, so appearances are diverse.

  • Body: They have an elongated-shaped body.

  • Color: Black or brownish in color.

  • Size: Most click beetle adults are about 1/2 - 1 inch long.


Click beetle larvae live in the soil and usually prey on small, soil dwelling insects, plant roots, and seeds. In fact, some species of click beetle larvae become agricultural pests that damage plants and crops. Adult click beetle food sources are:

  • Aphids

  • Leaves

  • Plant nectar

  • Pollen


As nocturnal flying insects, click beetles navigate toward light. During the day, they seek refuge in dark locations such as under leaves or inside cracks and holes. When it gets dark, they become active and may decide to crawl inside a house rather than stay outside to feed.

Geographic Range

Click beetles are found in all regions of the United States.


Adult female click beetles mate with adult males and lay eggs in the summer months. After mating, she lays her eggs in the soil.

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