Mr. and Mrs. Stag Beetle in my Kitchen Sink
Location: Chelmsford MA
July 7, 2011 1:37 am
I live in Chelmsford, MA. Thanks to your website, I was able to identify these enormous critters in my kitchen sink – I think they are male and female Reddish Brown Stag Beetles.
I have found at least two or these beetles in my kitchen sink every year at about the same time of year (early summer). Yesterday there were three of them in my sink. They must be coming up the drain, because anything that large flying in the house would drive my cats wild.
My questions are:
– Why do they come in to the sink every year?
– Is this normal stag beetle behavior?
– Should I be worried about the condition of my foundation or plumbing?
Your website convinced me that these bugs were worth saving, so I gently set them down in my yard.
Thank you so much for any insight you might be able to give!
Thank you for your help,
This is most perplexing. We read your email just prior to closing the offices for the night, and we felt we needed to be rested and refreshed before we tackled a response. After a good night’s sleep, we still don’t have a conclusive answer for you. Stag Beetles do spend their larval stage feeding on rotting wood, so there must be a suitable habitat nearby. We found this marvelous British website Stag Beetles for Everyone that may provide you with some insight. We can’t imagine that the Stag Beetles are entering your home through the drain and we would suspect that they have flown in. Perhaps they are attracted to lights, and if a female arrived first and fell into the sink, her pheromones might attract willing male suitors. The sink is a trap for many creatures, and once inside, they are stuck. Perhaps other Stag Beetles have entered your home and those became cat food. We would also encourage our readership to provide their opinions in our comment section.