Beetles are pests that chew only to flora creatures, for they are not a threat to human beings since all beetles can do is embrace your skin. These pests usually exist in a high elevated place where there is a forest since human encounter is seldom, but if ever there is a confrontation, these pests do not bite humans, even if beetles do; it will not cause permanent damage.
Spruce beetles are not human enemies, for they can also be beneficial to the environment as pollinators which is vital for plant rejuvenation. Their behavior depends on being threatened by other creatures since fighting back is their last resort for self-defense. The humans who are susceptible to beetles must be allergic to nature for there are no cases that resulted from beetle diseases.
There are only 3 types of beetles that can bite: The blister, stag, and long-horned beetles, which spruce beetles are not included. The three beetles have different body structures and measurements of their needles, knowing this is important to have additional information to know which one to avoid most. The blister tag type is the most menacing pest since it affected the agriculture of some commodities in the market, and farmers usually exterminate them during their season of invasion, as these pests will stick to your clothes like a magnet out of nowhere. The level of pain depends on the depth of penetration by the mandibles, the deeper it penetrates, the more painful it will be. Stag types are dark ones, all beetles are strong little creatures, but female stags are stronger than males, especially in penetrating their needles to any texture. It could be extremely painful, but there is no need to go to the hospital for that, same with long-horned beetle which is usually found in the woods. The spruce beetles are harmless, their bite is not dangerous, and it is obvious if you are bitten by them because it usually leaves skin blisters that would last for several days, not harmful.
The mandibles are grown only to penetrate the soft surface of a plant part, it would hurt them to penetrate solid or harder surfaces. A person’s skin is hard enough for them to penetrate and there is no point in biting humans too since they do not consume human flesh. What can they gain from trying to eat flesh? Beetles bite for retaliation or defense. Although the damage depends on how thick or thin the skin is, if it is a child’s skin, that will definitely hurt, but if an adult’s skin, it is mild.
If you prefer not to get bitten, then stay away from their habitat or any green pastures. They are not dangerous, although beetles release a chemical substance whenever the mandibles are used, those tiny needles have no detrimental effect that would last forever. Staying away is the best solution as they are part of nature who maintain balance. When beetles bite, do not remove them quickly from your skin as their mandibles are anchored in the flesh. If you do, it will rip off a small portion of tissues in the skin. Better to get lighter and heat the back of the beetle to force them to let go with the mandibles. A matchstick or candle will do to loosen their grip on the skin.
The population of beetles is not high in the ecosystem, their numbers are sufficient to maintain balance. There is no need for them to dominate the entire neighborhood because their job is to pollinate only the plants of residential areas. If there are beetles eating your vegetables in the garden, there are available exterminators who can eradicate them without hassle. Better to ask for professional assistance than taking the risk of getting bit by these tiny creatures. There are biological countermeasures to prevent them from crossing boundaries in your homes like spiders or moles, only if you can afford to have them too.
It is essential to put a lotion or a kind of liquid for medical purposes to ease the pain. For sure, mandible damage is not extreme to the point of going to a medical facility. There is no record in history that someone died because of a beetle bite, or someone got hospitalized by that. Children are susceptible to severe pain if bitten, for it is best to keep them away from congested places of those 3 types of beetle.