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Ground Beetle


Actual Size: Ranges from 1.5 – 25 mm.

Characteristics: Dark black, brown, or iridescent; slightly flat and elongated.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: 2 pairs, but most do not fly.

Habitat: Live and breed often under rocks, logs, leaves, and more.


  • Sometimes confused with cockroaches as they are both dark and shiny.
  • When exposed, ground beetles move quickly to find shelter but rarely fly.
  • Ground beetles are short-lived indoors and do not reproduce inside structures.

Ground Beetles in Salina

A ground beetle is a name given to any species of beetle that lives primarily on the ground. In North America alone, there are over 2,000 different species of ground beetles. Most are shiny — black, brown, or iridescent in color. They are sometimes confused with cockroaches. Ground beetles are common outdoor insects that can become pests by wandering into houses and buildings by mistake.

Ground Beetle Habitat

Ground beetles are commonly found outdoors under wood, logs, rocks, and other debris on the ground in Salina. During the summer, ground beetles may appear in large numbers. They feed mostly at night and are attracted to porch lights and exterior lights. Ground beetles can become a nuisance when they crawl into homes and buildings through cracks or openings. Once inside, they can be found in damp areas like basements, under boxes, or objects on the floor.

Ground Beetle Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Ground beetles do not cause damage to buildings or furniture and are harmless to people and pets. When exposed, ground beetles move quickly to find shelter and in rare cases can fly. Ground beetles are considered beneficial because they feed on insect larvae. However, during summer, ground beetle infestations inside a home or commercial building can feel overwhelming. Certain species have been known to release odorous secretions when threatened, but they will not bite or attack humans.

If you are dealing with a ground beetle infestation, contact your local beetle exterminators.

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