Pest Control Links Round-Up: Christmas Edition

Christmas BeeGive The Gift Of Insect Candy This Christmas

This Christmas, try something a little different with your gift-giving. Check out these insect candies that will make the perfect stocking stuffer. More…

Pests Love Christmas Too!

Don’t get so wrapped up in all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, that you forget the pest control; after all, some pests love all the yummy foods and decorations of Christmas too. More…

Is Your Home Bug Free & Guest Ready?

This is the time of the year when we get together with friends, family and loved one to celebrate the blessings of the year and share in the holiday joy. Unfortunately all the cooking, cakes, candy, extra guests and comings and goings can also bring about some unwanted guests of the creepy crawly kind. More…

BugMaster Gets In The Holiday Spirit

The pest management professionals at BugMaster in Mobile, AL had a chance to get out and make a difference this holiday season. Read about their efforts with the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile, and how you can help, here.

Keep Your Holiday Decorations Free From Pests

Most of us store our Christmas decorations in our garages and attics. These boxes provide the perfect harborage for many different types of pests. There are a few steps you can take to keep your decorations free from these pests. More…

iridescent beetlePest Of The Week: The Christmas Beetle

What better pest of the week for the week before Christmas, than the Christmas beetle. Christmas beetles (Anoplognathus) are actually not a specific beetle pest, but rather a large classification of 35 different types of beetles that seem to appear every year in Australia about Christmas time. They appear at Christmas time each year because of their life-cycle.

The most common characteristic among the 35 different species of Christmas beetle, are their beautiful iridescent color. Upon first glance, this iridescent color appears to be green, but can change to various colors depending on the angle in which you view the beetle. Christmas beetles measure about an inch in length, and love to eat eucalyptus.

Christmas beetles become serious pest control problems when they swarm during the holiday months. Not only do they destroy the eucalyptus trees on your property, they are also a serious nuisance. They love the outdoor lighting of your Australian home, and will make a loud thud when they crash-land against your house.

 

The Christmas Beetle

This Holiday season, as sure as the shopping malls become packed with crazed shoppers; and as sure as young children wake way too early Christmas morning; so too will the Christmas beetle appear, on cue, in large numbers across most of Australia.

Christmas Beetles

Christmas beetles (Anoplognathus) are a classification of beetle found in Australia that consists of some 35 different beetle species from the family Scarabaeidae. These beetles are called Christmas beetles, because of their frequent emergence close to Christmas each and every year.

Why Christmas Beetles Appear At Christmas

The reason these beetles are so common around the Christmas holiday, is because of their seasonal life cycle. The beetles appear from December to January, mate, and then lay their eggs in the soil. The larvae take almost a full calendar year to develop before they emerge once again late in the year. This wave of Christmas beetle emergence can vary, depending on the climate and on the species of beetle.

What Christmas Beetles Look Like

Christmas BeetlesSince there are 35 different species of Christmas beetle, their appearance can vary greatly. Christmas beetles are known for their iridescence color, which can appear to change depending on the angle of view. Aside from being an iridescent green, they can also be dark yellow, rose, brown, and dark green. A Christmas beetle measures about an inch long on average, or approximately 20-30 millimeters.

Christmas Beetle Habits

Christmas beetles are insatiable eaters, attacking a broad range of eucalyptus and tree species. They will make zigzag patterns on the leaves as they eat, tearing up tree leaves with most of the leaf falling to the earth being wasted.

Christmas beetles can swarm, depending on the weather conditions. They are quite clumsy fliers, and are very loud while in flight and when landing. They are particularly attracted to outdoor lighting while in flight.

If you live in Australia, you are probably quite familiar with these beautiful, but sometimes annoying, beetle pests.