Weevils are a type of small beetle. Weevils appear to have a horn or long snout. Weevils eat dried foods such as flour; whole grains; wheat; oatmeal; and rice.
They also further contaminate the environment with eggs, larvae and dead weevil shells. Weevils live in pantries. They like to explore entire areas. They will even find their way to the bedroom. You don’t want weevils anywhere in your home. You especially don’t want these creepy beetles invading your personal sanctuary.
Weevils can get anywhere inside your house. You can wind up with swarms of them if the infestation grows.
They lay hundreds of eggs and their numbers multiply. This allows a small number of weevils to turn into a massive infestation. There are several ways to get rid of weevils in your home. In this article, we will provide several answers to the question- how do you get rid of weevils?
How do you Get Rid of Weevils?
Weevils are tiny members of the beetle family. Their most distinguishing characteristic is their prominent snout. They invade and multiply, contaminating the foods that they come into contact with. This means weevil infestations start off in areas you store food. The weevils may start off in food closets, pantries, the kitchen, garage or basement. But, once they get inside your home, they tend to spread out and explore. This is how a weevil infestation can make its way throughout your entire home. The first step in getting rid of weevils is to identify and remove any contaminated food sources. Take the following measures:
- Start in the kitchen; specifically, the pantry. This is where the majority of weevil infestations start. In fact, if you have weevils, this is how they probably got into your house in the first place. They probably hid inside a bag of groceries. Throw away any foods that the weevils have gotten into in a garbage bag. Tie it carefully. Then place it inside a sealed bin. Preferably, keep the garbage bin outside of the house. Because of the kinds of foods that weevils eat, pay careful attention to any and all dried foods.
- Store as many uncontaminated foods as possible in your freezer. This protects your food from future weevil infestations. Everything that has to be kept in the pantry should be kept in airtight containers.
- Thoroughly and meticulously clean your house. Dust, vacuum and use disinfectants on all surfaces.
How to Get Rid of Weevils in My Bedroom
If the weevils have infiltrated your bedroom, the first step is to remove any grains from the room. This may sound strange since most people do not store food in the bedroom. For various reasons, however, it does happen. Also, do not eat in your bedroom. It may be enjoyable to eat popcorn or cookies in bed while watching a movie, but the food acts as a powerful weevil attractant. Additionally, do the following:
- Wash your sheets and bedding.
- Process all dirty laundry. Do not leave anything on the floor or in your hamper.
- Thoroughly dust.
- Use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to clean furniture and other fabrics. Also, vacuum curtains.
- Vacuum the floor area, the windowsills, and underneath all furniture.
Get Rid of Weevils in Your Home
Next, you should consider using safe pesticides to eradicate the infestation. One safe and effective option is food-grade Diatomaceous Earth or DE. This option is not harmful to people and pets. It’s safe for indoor use. Similarly, you can try mixing flour with boric acid and placing it in the areas where you’ve seen the weevils.
Handle the boric acid with caution, as it is more harmful than DE. However, the boric acid/flour mixture is an effective method of attracting and poisoning the weevils. To help protect your kitchen, and specifically your pantry, also try wiping down the counters and shelves with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and eucalyptus oil. The solution is a powerful repellent against weevils, but it’s non-toxic to people and pets. It is also safe to apply the solution in close proximity to food.
If you’ve tried the measures listed above and you’re still seeing weevils, the next method of getting rid of weevils is using a chemical insecticide. Importantly, as with any chemical, read the directions carefully. Some insecticides are not suitable for indoor use. Others require that an area remain isolated for a specific amount of time. To ensure the safety of you, your family, and your pets, follow the instructions carefully before using an insecticide. A thorough, proper application of an insecticide can stave off an infestation for several months. Subsequent applications may be necessary as a preventative measure.
If you continue to see weevils around the house, another helpful technique is to place traps in strategic areas. The traps use pheromones, or chemicals, to attract the weevils. Once they enter the inescapable traps, they can be carefully contained and removed from your home.
Conclusion: Getting Rid of Weevils
Getting rid of weevils can be time-consuming and difficult, but it’s not impossible. The best strategy is to eradicate an infestation as early as possible, and then take all steps to prevent future infestations. This includes:
- Removing contaminated foods.
- Thoroughly cleaning the house.
- Treating surfaces with a 50/50 vinegar and eucalyptus solution.
- Using DE, boric acid, or a chemical insecticide.
- Placing traps around the house.
If you’ve performed the above-listed steps and you’re still seeing weevils, or the weevil infestation is simply too far out of control for you to handle, don’t panic. Simply call a pest control professional to help you. They have the knowledge, tools, and experience needed to get a nasty infestation under control.
Pest control experts are particularly helpful if you have a lot of land, do any farming, or store large amounts of grain on your property. This is because the weevil infestations can be so pervasive. It can also prevent the added expense of having to get rid of a massive amount of contaminated grains and dried foods. One way or another, you will find a way of getting the weevils out of your house (including your bedroom), permanently.