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Ground Beetle Facts & Information

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

Ground Beetle Illustration
Family Carabidae
Black, elongated body
1/16 to 1 inch
Wings, but do not fly


How do I get rid of ground beetles?

What You Can Do

Ground beetles frequently become occasional invaders of homes and other buildings. The best techniques to help prevent problems include habitat reduction and sealing entryways to help keep ground beetles from gaining access to the interior of homes or buildings.

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage ground 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 ground beetles in their place…out of your home, or business

Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Ground Beetles


  • Color: Most species are black with a somewhat flat and elongated body shape.

  • Size: Ground beetles range in size from about 1/16 to about 1-inch long.

  • Wings: Ground beetles have wings, but are unable to fly.


Ground beetles are members of a large family of beetles that have more than 2,000 species found in North America. Ground beetles in the family Carabidae inhabit most of the United States.


This group of beetles prey on:


While ground beetles do not fly, they are very mobile when looking for prey and easily climb trees, bushes, and other items on the ground.

Life Cycle & Reproduction

Ground beetles have four life stages:

  1. Egg

  2. Larva

  3. Pupa

  4. Adult

Like almost all other insects, fertile females lay eggs that eventually become adult beetles after undergoing complete metamorphosis.

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