The most common species of the elm leaf beetle is the Xanthogaleruca lecithinckii or commonly called the elm leaf beetle. It is estimated that it is responsible for over a quarter of the tree shed related fatalities in North America every year. Also known as the “lady’s claw” beetle because of its somewhat unique feeding method, this insect is especially prevalent during the springtime, before snowfall, and after rain storms when it enters homes and buildings in search of food. Unfortunately for the elm leaf beetle, it is often unable to survive long enough to infest a home and cause a problem until it damages or destroys young growth that will result in new leaves for the tree.
Know About the Elm Leaf Beetle
The life cycle of an elm leaf beetle begins in late summer or early fall, in which time they begin searching for food. The most common site for them to search is the bark crevices of trees and stems of growing wood. While searching for food they will also look for protection from cold, moisture, wind, and insects. Because their life cycle is so short – just two to three weeks – they are able to complete their whole life cycle without any type of female competitor.
Because of their extreme longevity and their extreme ability to cause substantial damage, it is important to address the problem of this pest quickly before it is able to infest additional areas. This is because these beetles often get to be a severe problem to surrounding elm tree communities if not addressed quickly and effectively. The first step to preventing this is to address your current knowledge about how the elm leaf beetles are entering and leaving your home, and then use preventative methods to keep them from getting into your home. Pest control services can be used to prevent this from happening by targeting existing infected individuals before they leave your property, by using baits, or by fumigating infected areas with insecticides.