Weevils & How to Treat them
What are they – What do they look like?
Weevils come under the insect family called Curculionidae. It is an insect family with a larger number of beetles as compared to any other classification of the beetles. Weevils are one of the types of these beetles. There are over 1,000 species of the Curculionidae. The weevils come in many different shapes and sizes. They mostly lead rather concealed private lives and we don’t know they’re there until we open a package from the pantry.
Common Flour Weevils
It is a kind of beetle that homeowners commonly found in the places that have an abundant amount of flour – like your pantry. In some cases, they are seen in the places that have a little amount of flour.
What Do Weevils Eat?
The weevils you find in your pantry usually feeds on the flour based products and cereals. They can also damage the rice, nuts, beans and dried fruit stored in your home.
A lot of the time, they are brought in with the items you purchase from your supermarket. They can easily eat through the cardboard box and plastic packaging to harbour in their desired food source.
Weevils normally lay their eggs in batches close to stored food. Sometimes, they lay their eggs next to items inside your pantry. The larvae hatch from eggs and start feed voraciously and undergo a number of moults in the larva stage.
Appearance and Size
Adults have a hard compact body form. The bodies seem to have a metallic appearance because of the tint of the outer body. The typical size of the beetle is 3 to 4 mm.
Behaviour & Habits
These tiny insects can quickly enter in the grains, crevices, pantries, and cabinet.
The female beetle deposits eggs into food or into crevices in food packages. The larvae hatch and make their way into the product to eat. Many people find these larvae in the flour and call them “weevils.” Hence, the name “flour weevils.” As larvae, all flour beetles are light brown, six-legged, worm-like creatures.
Conquer Termites Weevil Treatment
We have a safe and effective treatment for weevils in your pantry. But you need to be ruthless with disposing all the stored grain goods. Out go all the flour, weekbix, cookies, custard – basically anything with starch in it.
You need to thoroughly clean all the surfaces in the pantry with a strong cleaner and then you’ll be ready to call us.
We’ll come to spray a safe targeted insecticide to eradicate any future infestations and to kill any residual weevils. We also strongly advise to spray the rest of the house to ensure there is no chance for the weevils to spread.
Steps to Getting Rid of Weevils in Flour
Once the weevil enters into your pantry, your flour is in danger. It is a real threat that can very quickly hit upon other food supplies like the rice, nuts and dry fruits. It is important to get rid of them as quickly as possible and stop weevils from increasing in numbers. There are numerous ways to fight this menace. Some of the effective ways that can kill the fear the flour weevils include the followings:
1. Keep Flour in Plastic Lidded Containers
Don’t leave the flour in the bag you purchased from the supermarket as weevils can eat through the outer paper cover and inner plastic lining. Transfer the flour into an air-tight container.
2. Freeze the Flour
It’s advisable to freeze the flour you bring into your home as there could be weevil eggs inside.The flour must be kept in the freezer for four days. By doing this the real eggs and weevils get killed in no time.