Weevils often invade homes in large numbers and are most likely to do so during the fall season. Some species invade in the summer in the warm weather while others hide in the winter and leave when the spring season arrives.
How Do I Identify Weevils?
Weevils are much like beetles and have many types. Their color ranges from brown to black, mostly dark colors. They may be oval-shaped or slender and their length varies between 3-10 mm, depending on their species.
Adult weevils have easily distinguishable heads. They are elongated in shape and have a snout which is sometimes as long as the body. Their mouths are found at the end of the snout which is also elongated.
Why Do I have Weevils?
The insects are most likely to get into your house through the yard and bulk products or from inside food packaging. The foods that they might infest are usually pasta, rice, cereals, flour, and other grains and starches. The biggest drawback is that you can’t see the eggs on the packages as they are incredibly small.
And if not through packaged goods, weevils can enter your home if they are attracted to your garden or a fruit tree nearby. These are also sources of food for them and once they infest the area, they will start getting into your house through any gaps or cracks on the side that provide easy access inside.
How to Get Rid of Weevils?
Weevils in your home will most likely be infesting a certain product or material; the best thing to reduce the weevil count in your home is to get rid of that source. After that, simply use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any weevils you see on the walls or your furniture, and then properly empty the vacuum bag outside to ensure thorough removal of the pests from your house.
Removing them from the kitchen or the pantry can be a difficult task but there are some things you can do to eliminate them from the place.
The first step, of course, is to clean the pantry by throwing out any product that seems infected to you. Even if it is sealed, all products with weevils in them must be gotten rid of, especially each unsealed product, even if you don’t see a weevil in them.
After that, you should go ahead and freeze any products that seem like the weevils in them haven’t fully developed yet. Keeping them in the freezer for about four days should kill any larvae inside. But if you see adult weevils, remove the product immediately.
When you are done removing everything, clear all the shelves in your kitchen or pantry, even the sealed cans, and boxes. Vacuum every corner to make sure that all weevils are removed and wipe the shelves with a mixture of hot water and soap. In the meantime, while the shelves dry, empty the vacuum outside and disinfect it before you bring it back inside your home. Finally, place the products back and restock the kitchen/pantry.
Also, you should strongly consider using a insecticide that is specific to weevils. Make sure to keep pets and children away for a while after using the chemical so that the fumes don’t affect them.
Moving on, something you should know about them is that weevils mostly infest a place in large numbers and need to be professionally exterminated so that they are kept out of the building at all costs. Advance Pest Control is here to help you do just that. We provide brilliant treatments that can help you locate the precise problem and its source, and eliminate it. Our services remove the pests efficiently and make sure that they will not enter your home again.
How to Prevent Weevils?
The first thing that you should do is make sure that all the cracks, corners, and crevices that could allow weevils to enter your house are properly sealed. Once that is done, look around windows, attic vents, doors, and other vents to look for torn screens and broken weather stripping. All of these need to be sealed off properly so that weevils cannot enter the building any time soon!
How Dangerous Are Weevils?
If you have a green thumb, you might seriously want to look for weevils as they can kill garden plants. This is why they are despised by farmers; they damage all sorts of crops including cotton, corn, grain, and other dry crops.
They aren’t harmful or dangerous to humans, they’re just an irritation and are annoying. The skins they cast and the feces they leave behind can contaminate the food items that they infest.