Watching out for weevils

Weevils are likely to target the dry foods in your pantry if they gain access to your home.

It's fairly common to find weevils around food grains. But you don't have to be a wild rice farmer to experience an infestation of weevils. Although they are found mostly in areas with crops and an abundance of plant life, weevils also have a habit of making their way into places with abundance of stored food grains. On the East Coast, these pesky beetles will make even more of an effort to invade the pantries inside your home as the frigid winter weather sets in. 

What's a weevil?
Weevils belong to the insect family of beetles and – depending on their species – come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. That said, most weevils are slender and oval-shaped, ranging from about 3 to 10 millimeters in length. Usually, they're dark brown or black in coloring. The easiest way to identify weevils is by the shape of their heads, which can elongate into snouts that get as long as the rest of their bodies!

Weevils are more likely to be found outdoors, probably because they survive by eating common plants found in parks and gardens. These beetles are usually most active in the warmer summer and fall months.

The habits of a weevil
According to Florida State University, it's possible for weevils to burrow into plants where they can lay eggs. Once the larvae hatch, they'll eat their way out of the plant and make their way into another one. By the time they reach adulthood, weevils are capable of flying away in search of other food sources.

Weevil control and prevention
Though it's not too common, it is possible for weevils to make their way into dry food products you keep in your pantry, like pasta or cereal. Keep in mind that if you find a weevil in your Wheaties, it probably took up residence in your cereal box after you brought it home from the grocery store. When weevils are found inside homes, it's usually a result of them gaining access through cracks or holes in the exterior. 

Taking that into account, preventing weevils from making their way inside your home starts with examining the exterior of your home for openings. After that, you can significantly reduce the chances of attracting weevils if you keep your house clean. In the same vein, make sure you pick up messes and spills sooner rather than later.

If, however, you are worried you might have a weevil infestation on your hands, it's a good idea to call a professional pest control company, such as Rudy's Exterminating Company. In the past, property owners have told horror stories of hundreds of these pests moving in overnight. Don't let that happen to you! If you suspect there are weevils in your home or business building, give us a call! We'll make sure we respond within 24 hours.