After termites, wood-boring beetles are the most important wood-destroying insects in homes. The amount of damage that wood-boring beetles cause depends on many factors. The type of wood (hardwood or softwood), the moisture content of the wood, and the environmental conditions at the infestation site all affect the severity of beetle damage. This fact sheet discusses the identification and control of some of the most common wood-boring beetles found in South Carolina.
Not all beetles are wood-boring. Others can destroy or eat your vegetation, grass, flower beds, gardens or other landscaping. There are also species of beetles that invade the interior of your home to feed on flour, meal, breakfast food, pepper, spices, seeds, pet food, cereals, raisins, pasta, chocolate, ginger, and bread.