Return to the Garden Clinic Forum | Post a Follow-Up

These are everywhere in my neighborhood and garage

Posted by wvubeerman NC (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 9, 13 at 19:45

Can anyone tell me what this thing is and how to get rid of them, home defense is not working. I have not seen them in my house but they are in the garage and all over the road when I walk the dogs. Ought it was a tree borer beetle, but doesn't look exactly like them and these have vertical smooth ridges in their backs.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: These are everywhere in my neighborhood and garage

They are common ground beetles.....beneficial insects....

RE: These are everywhere in my neighborhood and garage

plagues come and go thru the years... you may not see a single one next year...

call your county extension office if you are curious to see if you are not alone with this... they will probably tell you everyone is complaining ....

one year we had asian ladybugs.... described just as you describe.... basically havent seen them in the 5 years since ...

they are probably moving towards warm ... first frost usually stops it all ....

i know its frustrating.. but i wouldnt waste money on killing things that will die soon anyway ... or hibernate as most things due in late fall ...

of course.. i never lived in NC in fall.. so maybe i am blowing it out my .............


RE: These are everywhere in my neighborhood and garage

That does appear to be the Common Black Ground Beetle which is a beneficial insect in that it eats many of the common garden pests. Populations vary depending on what food and shelter is available.

Here is a link that might be useful: Common Black Ground Beetle

RE: These are everywhere in my neighborhood and garage

That's very peculiar behavior for this beetle. If you verify that that it is what kimmsr says, I'd be very curious as to why they are converging in large numbers.

Have you had a great deal of rain in recent weeks or a serious drought?

I agree that your local extension office may be a source of useful information.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Garden Clinic Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here