What Are Weevils?

Weevils are part of the beetle family, which makes up 40% of the insect world. For the most part, weevils have the same hard, dark bodies that beetles do, and go through the same life cycle. However, they stand out from other beetles because of their long snouts. You can find weevils outside on trees and landscape plants, but they may also find their way indoors to feast on grains and flours in your pantry.

What Do Weevils Look Like?

There are many types of weevils, so their appearance will vary depending on the species. However, most of them share these common characteristics:

2 antennae

6 legs

Wings (flight abilities vary by species)

Typically 1/8 to 1/4 inch long

Long snout

Weevils are diverse and vary widely in appearance depending on the species, ranging from dull to brightly colored.

Controlling Weevils

The best way to control weevils outside is to kill the adults because the larvae are often hidden in the soil and are more protected. If you spot weevils crawling on your plants then you know what the problem is. If you’re having a hard time spotting one, then place some cardboard under your tree or shrub and shake it to see if weevils fall out. When they fall they will act dead but don’t fall for their trick.

Grain weevils are harmless to people, so they’re more of a nuisance than a threat. Here’s what to do if you find grain weevils in your pantry:

Throw out any food that may have been contaminated.

Remove everything from your cabinets or pantry so you can deep-clean the shelves.

Be sure to throw away shelf liners and thoroughly clean surfaces.

Vacuum around edges, corners, and around molding – don’t leave a single grain behind.

Once everything is clean and you’re ready to restock, store food in tightly sealed containers made of glass or hard plastic.

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