The beetles have found their way down Donna Fraser’s chimney.
The beetles have found their way down Donna Fraser’s chimney. Erin Smith

Beetles arrive en masse

THEY creep, crawl, fly and recently there has been a plague of the tiny black and red beetles at homes around the Southern Downs.

Donna Fraser said the sheer number of beetles had surprised her.

"I've seen the beetles before," she said.

"Just never in these proportions."

Mrs Fraser said they had covered the outside walls and crawled into the crevices, and even come down the chimney.

Fortunately a grate was keeping the unwelcome intruders at bay.

And in another stroke of good fortune, they did not appear to be eating any of the plants or trees in her yard.

Mrs Fraser said she had done some research, and based on the insects' behaviour, she had determined they were either milkweed or boxelder beetles.

Her research indicated that these types of beetles became a problem during the cooler months of the year and were known to invade houses in the search for warmth.

Mrs Fraser said the beetles had dwindled in numbers over the past week.

Meanwhile, on Facebook, the Daily News discovered homes at Stanthorpe, Deuchar and Gladfield were having similar problems with the beetles.

Here at the Daily News we thought it would be interesting to map the locations of the beetles.

So if your home as been overrun with beetles, go to our Facebook page and let us know what part of the Southern Downs you live in.

 

Tips to avoid invasion

Repair holes in windows and door screens, seal cracks and crevices with silicone.

Do not attempt to kill them in the wall as voids can attract other more nasty bugs and insects.



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