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No matter which weevil you may have, your pantry can be at risk. Our weevil treatments will make sure to first identify the weevil you have and then formulate a strategy to eliminate the weevils you already have and then help control weevils in your home in the future. From dried beans to wheat to rice, weevils can do some serious damage. While they are not harmful and they don’t sting or bite, finding them in your rice when you go to make dinner or in the sack of beans you are about to use for soup can be an unpleasant discovery.
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.
Weevils, also known as flour bugs or long-snout bugs, infest flour, rice, cornmeal, and other dry goods in the pantry. Several types of weevils can multiply quickly and spread throughout your kitchen and pantry, so it’s essential to take steps to control weevils as soon as you spot them. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of weevils and how you can protect your food.
How Weevils Get in Your Food?
Like other pantry pests, weevils will infest and feed on grains, nuts, beans, cereals, seeds, corn, and other foods. But unlike beetles that live and feed on foods, weevils live and feed inside the food item. The female chews a hole into a seed or grain kernel and deposits an egg inside. Then, she seals up the opening, leaving the egg behind. When the egg hatches (inside the grain or seed), the larva feeds on the food item until it is fully grown.
Once fully grown, the adult weevil eats its way out of the grain or seed. The females emit pheromones, so the male weevils will be waiting outside the hole for a female to emerge and immediately seek to reproduce.1
Weevils are 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch long. Their long snouts most easily distinguish them. They can live up to eight months and venture far from the food initially infested.2 Weevils lay eggs that turn into larvae that appear like little white grubs.
Damage and How to Get Rid of Weevils?
The rice weevil is considered the most destructive because of its long life and partly because of its ability to fly. But all weevils can cause extensive damage to stored foods. When they infest grain stored in bins, undisturbed, they can completely spoil the entire batch of food.
You are getting weevils in your house because they can be brought in on packaged foods,3 fly, or crawl in from outside. Once inside, a population can grow and expand to food items stored nearby if the pests are not controlled.
Store grains and other weevil-tempting foods in airtight containers, and always throw out any food where you find weevils. You can get rid of weevils by clearing out cupboards where you’ve discovered them and thoroughly cleaning the area using a vacuum before storing food there again. A vacuum can effectively eliminate eggs, larvae, and adult insects. Avoid using chemical treatments to get rid of weevils because most are not safe to use around food.
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.