Weevil Control and Treatment
What is a weevil?
Weevils are a variety of beetle that are frequently small, less than 6 millimeters in length, and herbivorous. The dark brown pest has six legs and a short, snout-like nose. Weevils are a very common pantry pest. There are many varieties of weevil out there, but the three most common are the Granary weevil, the Rice weevil, and the Maize weevil. Their lifespan isn’t too long – up to eight months on average – but they’re capable of venturing far from the food they’re originally born into.
Weevils are distinctive because they don’t just feed on dried goods; they feed in them. As part of their reproductive cycle, a female weevil chews a hole into a seed or grain kernel and lays her egg inside. She’ll then seal up the opening and leave it to grow. Once hatched, the larva will feed inside the seed until fully grown, dig it’s way out, and continue the reproductive process from there.
Are weevils dangerous?
They don’t present the potential danger of bodily harm. Like other pantry pests, however they can cause both health and financial damage by contaminating stored dried goods.
Why do I have weevils?
They found a good place to lay eggs in your home, such as a forgotten bag of bird seed or barrel of grain. From there, they decided to branch out, and made their way inside.
How can I prevent weevils?
There are many ways to prevent weevils from staking a claim on your home. Regularly inspect all stored foods, especially dry pantry items like rice, grain, corn, seeds, nuts, dried beans, and cereal. Store these goods in airtight, hard plastic containers that can’t be chewed into. Keep areas where dried goods are stored especially clean through sweeping, vacuuming, and regular upkeep.
How can Gregory Pest remove weevils from my home or business?
An expert from Gregory Pest Solutions will be your full-service pest solutions provider. We specialize in the effective removal and prevention of weevils and their nests.
When you hire us to evaluate how extensive your home’s pest problem is, one of our pros will be sent to assess the situation and formulate an environmentally-friendly plan for removal and prevention. The plan our experts make will even eliminate future nests, so you and your family can enjoy a lasting insect-free environment.