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What Are Weevils?

Weevils are a type of beetle that are known for their long snout. Weevils are very small, typically measuring around 3 millimeters, but can grow up to 10 millimeters in length. Though there are several thousand different kinds of weevils, many are slender or oval-shaped. There are about 97,000 weevil species in the world. Many of these different types are classified by the kind of grain on which they are known to feed. 

How Did I Get Weevils?

Weevils are considered pest species because they can cause large amounts of damage to crops and even kill them. Some weevils are known to invade homes in large numbers and are considered structural pests. Weevils like to live in warm, moist environments. The reason behind your weevil infestation likely depends on the kind of weevil that has invaded your home. If you are finding weevils in your stored grain products like rice and cereal, these weevils have entered your home looking for warmth and food. 

Other weevils that can invade and contaminate your food sources include the sweet potato weevil, the rice weevil, the rice weevil and the granary weevil. Still other types of weevils are more interested in your foliage either in your garden or yard, or in your houseplants. 

Are Weevils Dangerous?

Weevils are not dangerous in the sense that they are not poisonous and do not bite. Having them in your home and stored food products is unhealthy, however as weevil infestations can take place almost exclusively inside packages of food and can be very hard to detect. Weevils lay their eggs inside your food packaging. Living inside these packaged foods increases the humidity and temperature which aids in the growth of mold and fungus in your stored food products. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Weevils In My Home?

The most straightforward way to deal with any stored grain weevil is to find the infested material and dispose of it. Clean your home thoroughly, concentrating on kitchens and windowsills. Vacuum any weevils from walls, cabinets and furniture and take your vacuum outside to empty the contents so you do not risk reintroducing weevils back into your home.

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