You may have heard of weevils as a pest that wreaks havoc on milling and grain processing facilities. But did you know that weevils can also invade and be a problem inside homes? Many homeowners overlook these pests and assume they are something else simply because they're not familiar with weevils. After reading this article, you won't make the same mistakes. Here's how to identify and get rid of weevils.
Weevils are oval-shaped bugs. They are usually quite small — most are under 1/4 inch long, and many are less than 1/8 inch long. Weevils are typically brown in color, although some are black.
At this point, you may be thinking that a lot of bugs meet this description. But here's what really sets weevils apart: their heads. Unlike related bugs, which have flat faces, weevils have long heads that are shaped a bit like a pig's snout.
Also, pay attention to where you see the bugs. Weevils are often found along window sills and on walls, as well as where you keep your food. Many similar-looking beetles prefer the basement or attic, but weevils are typically found in the living space. They're not terribly shy around humans and don't put much effort into hiding, so when they are present, you see them.
Getting Rid of Weevils
Getting rid of weevils can be tough because you really have to get rid of their food source. Since these insects are tiny, you can expect that if you have any grain products, like flour or rice, the bugs have either been accessing it already or are capable of accessing it. So, a good first step is to throw away all of your grain products. They probably contain weevil eggs at this point, anyways.
With your grain products gone, make sure you clean well. Dust and vacuum your cupboards, floors, and any other area where grain products may be. Then, you can arrange to have a pest control company come spray. They'll generally focus on areas where the weevils are entering the home, such as along the windows.
Once the weevils are gone, you should take steps to keep them away. Always keep your grain products in fully sealed, plastic or glass containers. Also, clean up any spilled flour or rice ASAP. Seal your windows and doors so the weevils can't sneak back in, too.
Weevils are peskier than they are truly dangerous, but if they're in your home, you really do want to get rid of them. Reach out to a local pest control service to learn more.