My husband has grown lilies in pots this year, and checked them, killing the lily beetles he found, on a daily basis. He is keeping them in the pots to overwinter, hoping they will flower again next year. Does this mean he will be preserving the lily beetles too?.
Growing lilies in pots is a good idea. They will certainly flower the next year, and should be even better.
It's possible that beetles may be in the soil in the pots, although if he's been checking the plants during the Summer, then the chances of that are very slim.
Beetles could be overwintering absolutely anywhere, so it doesn't really make sense to try to hunt the beetles in the soil.
Even if anyone was able to get rid of them from the soil, that wouldn't make a lot of difference because the flying beetles find the plants by smell, and more will very easily fly in from surrounding gardens come next Spring.
Looking out for the red beetles, and their black lavae, on the plants in Spring and during the Summer is the best and most effective control.