Click Beetles: Identification, Behavior, and Control

Click Beetles belong to the family Elateridae, one of the largest beetles with over 9,000 species worldwide. These fascinating insects are known for their unique ability to produce an audible clicking sound when disturbed or threatened. Click Beetles are found in various habitats, ranging from forests and grasslands to agricultural fields and gardens.


Identifying Click Beetles

Click Beetles typically measure 1/2 to 1 inch in length, although sizes can vary depending on the species. They have an elongated, narrow body with a distinct shape resembling a parallelogram. Their coloration varies, but most species are brown or black with patterns, spots, or stripes. One characteristic feature of Click Beetles is their flexible thorax, which allows them to arch their body and generate the clicking sound.

Latin Name 

The scientific name for Click Beetles is the family lat. However, each species within this family has its unique scientific name, such as Agriotes lineatus (Striped Click Beetle) or Athous haemorrhoidalis (Common Click Beetle).

Behavior and Habitat 

Click Beetles are predominantly active at night, although some species may also be active during the day. They are attracted to light sources, often leading them to enter homes and buildings accidentally. Click Beetles are primarily herbivorous as larvae, feeding on plant roots, while adults generally feed on nectar and plant juices. They play a crucial role in the ecosystem by aiding in the decomposition of organic matter.

Click Beetles prefer moist habitats with plenty of decaying organic material. They can be found in gardens, agricultural fields, forests, meadows, and urban environments.

Lifecycle of Click Beetles

The lifecycle of Click Beetles consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Adult females lay their eggs in the soil, where the larvae hatch and develop. Click Beetle larvae, known as wireworms, have elongated, cylindrical bodies and are often considered pests in agriculture due to their feeding on plant roots. The larval stage can last from several months to several years, depending on the species.

After the larval stage, Click Beetles enter the pupal stage, where they undergo metamorphosis within a protective cocoon. Finally, the adult beetles emerge from the cocoon and begin their active life, mating and starting the lifecycle anew.

Common Extermination Techniques for Click Beetles

If Click Beetles become a nuisance or pose a threat to your property, several extermination techniques can help manage their population:

  • Preventive Measures: Seal cracks and gaps in doors, windows, and foundations to prevent Click Beetles from entering buildings. Use screens on windows and doors, and ensure proper ventilation.
  • Habitat Modification: Remove decaying plant material, such as logs, leaves, and mulch, from near your home. This reduces potential breeding sites for Click Beetles.
  • Natural Predators: Encourage natural predators of Click Beetles, such as birds and certain ground-dwelling beetles, to inhabit your yard or garden. They can help control Click Beetle populations naturally.
  • Chemical Control: If necessary, consult with professional exterminators who can provide effective insecticide treatments targeted specifically for Click Beetles. Always follow the instructions and precautions mentioned on the product labels.


Contact our expert extermination service if you require professional assistance in dealing with Click Beetle infestations. Our trained professionals will provide effective solutions to help you eliminate Click Beetles and ensure a pest-free environment.