YIKES What IS this bug? A beetle, a ROACH? & What's the difference? Are roaches beetles?
These black beetle-like critters stroll about in the middle of the night on my patio and front porch, but don't skatter like cockroaches in the light. They are black, and look like they have what look like armor plates on their backs. They aren't really 'crunchy' when I step on them. The adults are about and inch or so long or a little longer, with antennae about as long as their bodies. The "fattest" ones are about 1/2 inch wide. They seem to live in dark, 'under-stuff' places by day. I've found them under a barrel I collect compost materials in, and they came scurrying out from under my neighbor's patio when I left the hose running and it flooded down the concrete seam.
The little ones look like the big ones but smaller--that is, the juvies don't seem to have a different morphology, but they do look lighter colored-- perhaps another bug entirely?? I'm collecting about 3-4 per sticky trap per night, and the ants seem to "eat 'em up!"
My digital camera is on the fritz so I cannot submit a photo.
Please help me ID them, please, so I can control them. And, will I eventually get rid of them with sticky traps? or will I be buying sticky traps till the end of time??? I don't like using poisons. Need I be concerned about them coming indoors and setting up 'housekeeping' (!!!) or nibbling on me or my Sheltie? Might they harm my veggie plants? Will they eat the wood of my home? invade or clog my French drain, sewer, or sprinkler system?
Please reply directly if you have significant info about these critters.
GentleHealthCare@Yahoo.com THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
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