Subject: Beetle in House in Ohio
Location: Western Ohio
May 19, 2015 9:44 am
Recently this big has been popping up primarily in our bedroom and bathroom on the southeast side of our house. We found some dead ones in our closet but the rest have been pretty random. We find maybe 1-3 a day. They have a hard shell. They have been found crawling across the carpet, under a pillow on the bed, and in the sink. My husband put one in water and they don’t seem to mind it. They play dead as well. Are these guys something we should be concerned about?
Based on images posted to BugGuide, this looks like a harmless Click Beetle in the genus Aeolus. We don’t know why they are entering your home unless they are attracted to lights. According to BugGuide: “adults in grasslands, fields, gardens; larvae live in the soil” and “larvae may be a minor pest of corn and potatoes.” Do you live near a cornfield?
We live on the edge of a suburb, but there are fields within a mile or so of us. They don’t seem to bother us and we aren’t being swarmed by them so I guess we won’t let it concern us too much! Thanks for the identification 🙂