Weevils are small, herbivorous beetles that eat plants and are incredibly destructive to crops. These pests can be devastating if they infiltrate farms or anywhere that food is stored in large quantities. Not only do they eat through food stores, but they can damage and kill entire crops. Different weevil species have different tastes and methods of destruction. For example, grain or wheat weevils damage grain stores while boll weevils hatch larvae which eat through cotton crops. Any one of the 1,000 species of weevils present in North America can infiltrate your home and wreak havoc on your pantry or your garden.
Most weevils are slender, oval-shaped beetles with elongated heads and snouts. They're also typically dark-colored. Anyone with fruit trees or gardens is vulnerable to weevil infestations. These insects can also be introduced into your home via packaged food or other bulk products. Many times, food you buy has already been infested with weevil eggs, which hatch in your home. Be extra cautious with starches and grains, such as rice, pasta and flour. Most weevils cause destruction by contamination rather than consumption. Weevils found in stored products won't bite, but they will infest large quantities of food and cause expensive damage.
If you find weevils in your home, it's important to dispose of the contaminated food. Throw away the entire package and carefully inspect other packages for chewed holes and other signs of entry. You can also get in the habit of checking packaged foods for holes before you buy it in order to prevent further infestation. If you find weevils on walls and furniture, they can be easily vacuumed. For a more thorough eradication, contact MosquitoNix® to have a trained professional ensure that each and every weevil has been removed from your home. Learn more about weevils from the Pest Library.