A few of these critters could have wandered inside to the kitchen about 15 feet away. The rice weevils may also look blackish in colour, but they have four yellow or red spots on their wing covers. Dan in Valley City, OH. Oh yes my friends, if you have dry grains or beans, you can guarantee you’re eating bug eggs. Once you have confirmed weevil infestation in a part of the house, prepare to vacuum it. Weevils can also be pests in the garden where some species attack plants both as … Thank you. It’s been over 4 months and I am losing my mind!! I recently purchased this house and just found this issue. They are found in fields, gardens, orchards, and even worse, in your home. Try not to freak out too much about weevils though. They made their home under the kitchen sink. I finally won the war with the weevils. Egg, larvae,cocoon,moth. Also I have birds that I put there food into Tupperware- should I move that into a different storage bin as well as freeze the food that is not being used? And yes, the tea tree oil does seem to work. Make SURE you keep the DE dry, its water soluble and doesnt work if you mix it with water. I know they are harmless but they still make me cringe 🙂. About a week ago we noticed weevils in our hall by the door that goes to the garage about a week ago. I stuck one in every one of my cupboards and hoped for the best. The granary weevil is more cylindrical than the rice or maize weevil and is about 1/5-inch long. Nothing like a good ol’ bug infestation to kick you in the hind end with a dose of motivation! Thank you in advance. If you already have an infestation, you can try traps to catch the moths, or use a good ol’ butterfly net 😉 Sift your foods to remove any larvae, then freeze to avoid further eggs from hatching. A weevil is a beetle that can be found in a wide range of colors and sizes. Large pine weevil is found in all parts of the United Kingdom, and across most of northern Europe and Russia as far south as Armenia and Turkey. I kept seeing these white worms. A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. The infested grain should then be disposed of immediately and the area treated to stop a recurring problem. I even contacted a pest control company and they found it very odd to have a house -wide problem. omfg I’m living your life right now, i’m glad they’re not gross or flighty but MAN they’re an issue, I SCRUBBED the pantry, made sure everything was closed in plastic, then they started boring THROUGH PLASTIC OMFG. Check all existing cardboard containers for weevils and then make the switch. Equip yourself with a basic, protective gear like a mask and plastic gloves, and close all doors and windows of the room. I think and hope I finally have them out of my bathroom. Thank You! That being said, weevils don’t bite and they won’t cause any damage to wood – which is reassuring to people who assume that weevils will act like termites and infest the wooden structures of their homes. Crunching. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own blog now 😉. We were ready to call the cheaper of the two (TNT) and set up the quarterly maintenance plan when I decided to look up “how to get rid of weevils” which directed me to this website luckily. Did we really have to see what was in there? Once you get the queen, you get them all but she is very hard to find. I am disabled on fixed income and am alone with only my dog to help me. Mark Gurney has produced a number of well-illustrated identification guides to British weevils. I need details lol. But following what the next post said will get rid of them, That’s not weevils it moth, they also lay eggs in wheat. Flea collars often have an unpleasant odor. Sounds like you handled it very well. Close to the size of a lady bug. In my house I thought weevils were only getting into one cupboard, so I keep most grains and rice in the fridge. I wish good luck to everyone with this annoying problem and hope my input will be helpful. Blessings ❤️. I really don’t know if the product she’s advertising is any good or not. Prevents the eggs from hatching. We are enrolled in the Amazon Associates program, so we may earn a commission if you purchase something from Amazon after clicking one of our links. These will prevent weevils from taking up residence in your pantry. When they live outside, weevils are quite dangerous. Glad you didn’t lose much! In the adult and larval stage of their lives, weevils feed on plants. I have also been battling those wicked weevils and I found diatomaceous earth, pesticide version, killed them. Sigh. Upon testing many out door bugs and home bugs have not found one that likes the smell of the tea tree oils. Later that evening she had a jar with even more to show me. If the grain has been used to nurture larvae, it will float. We’ve had plenty of critters visit us this year; ladybugs, stinkbugs, ants, spiders, wheelbugs… yep, we get ’em all. I poured some onto a sponge and treated the entire cabinet, floor, air duct, threshold. ALL YOU NEED ARE A FEW SHALLOW WATER BOWLS!!!!!! The other day, I killed three homeschooling birds with one stone. Don't reuse this or throw on the garden because it may still contain vine weevil eggs, larvae or pupae. I could not figure the source and then I remembered the bird see I stored in a tall cabinet that I never go in. In the corners of the baseboard, behind her bed and dresser, in the wooden chest full of blankets, and even escaping her bedroom and fleeing down the hallway. Crazy. They nested in the carpet! Bay leaves is just an old wives tale. I run a grain company- if youre not ready to store the grains in an oxygen-free enviornment yet, you can add diatomaceous earth (we use 10 lbs/ton) and it does a good job. Oh!! I cringed at the thought of what I would find in there. Any ideas how to eliminate? The full set can be accessed via a Google drive folder, or you can go straight to an individual guide with the links below.See also Mark's weevil photo albums on Flickr.. 1. These pests do have the ability to fly, but they aren’t likely to do so. Thanks for the laugh, I’m going to costco tomorrow to buy a metal shelving unit to revamp our pantry, and buying a ton of sealing containers for quite literally EVERYTHING that is not inside a can!! I now just how you feel, I had to toss 10lbs of corn meal the other day because I found it infested with weevils. Still, I didn’t really give it any more thought other than, “Hmph, that’s strange. so I don’t have room for dry goods for days. I cleaned everything out and they went away for a while but they came back in a few weeks. Its been a decade or two since I’ve had a weevil problem. It is a huge problem in the UK and very common.Vine weevil is an insect which feeds on plants especially those grown in pots. I did this even with the one with a few weevils in it. Just wondering if anyone else uses dried bay leaves in their flour and other dried foods. And yes. Story was amusing though. As you can see from Martin’s pictures and video, this is an unpleasant problem and it will certainly put you off your food to see them darting around your stored grains. Any advice much appreciated! For years everything that I buy, cereals , pancake mix, flour, rice, beans, pasta of any kind go in the freezer as soon as I get home from the store. If you freeze your grains, not your legumes, for 5-7 days in a deep freeze that will kill any bugs and their eggs. The next day, Xia found a few more of those bugs. I would have thought the containers would have kept them safe. Typically, you won’t notice that you have a weevil problem until you see them gathered enmasse, since they are so small. We have weevils in our basement. I knew someone who inherited a bucket of flour with bay leaves in it, and the flour tasted so strongly of bay leaves that she couldn’t use it for anything but gravy. The kids, of course, thought this was great fun, and made a game of who could find the most. So we decided to place a few shallow bowls of water about the house. Your product, Weevil Away has a pleasant odor but odors can permeate food packaging. They had gotten under the linoleum lining in the under sink cabinet too. We had been away from home for several months and came home to an ungodly smell in our house. It is horrifyingly possible. I told True Value of the bad Parrot food and was not reimbursed for anything. That worked for a couple years, but they made it over there too. There r two types ones that have wings the others don’t, Recently tried Tea tree oil on cloths and kept in the cabinets after cleaning the up, i find when buying in bulk packages brings them home as they’re stored for couple of months, so then i invest in sealed containers and should be washed every time before refilling them and bay leaves sems so far to keep them at bay, last check on my survival food with bay leaves and cotton balls of Tea tree oil in the cases didn’t find any. I know with ants you have to be equally as persistent as the ants or you will always have problems and I’m sure that persistence will pay off with the weevil problem too. Adult vine weevil eat leaves and the grubs eat roots. I for one am gonna try it. And rice is generally stored in earthenware vessels/urns. For the sake of appeasing my daughter’s raging curiosity, I did. Then found them in the teabags! Just started trying to get rid of them today. With that out of the way, I turned my attention toward the other barrel in the closet. I cleaned everything out and they went away for a while but they came back in a few weeks. It was horrifyingly loud. i had a weevil problem a while ago. Weevil larvae and eggs too can travel far and wide. Do you mix it in our does it go in sachets? They prefer grain with a good moisture content and the optimum temperature for development is 26-30C. The faster you use up your flour, the better – plus, it will be fresher and more suitable for baking, anyway! Probably are finding about 20 a week now but still frustrating to vacuum these little creatures up everyday. Whenever one is spotted on the floor, or wall, or countertop, we dutifully pick it up and drop it into the potty. Where did you get the stips, we’ve been fighting with them for a while. And with everything going on out East, it’s a double reminder not to dilly-dally in our prepping efforts! Ugh! Now, as you might guess from the name, these pests don’t eat carpets and so Martin had to turn sleuth to find the source of the problem. It drove them out into the open.. While you regrettably won’t be able to see nay food that has eggs in it, you should be able to see the adults. I knew weevils could hatch out in my wheat. in all your dry goods. I too have experiences this! I read in one of these very informative Prepper websites (can’t remember which one)that weevils can be stopped before they start by putting your flour in the selected container, add a whole bay leaf on top of the flour, then seal the container. Math, Science, and Character Building lessons were all taught in one unfortunate equation: 125 lbs of organic wheat + 4 months of procrastination = one billion weevils. But since they were in the closet with all my other decorations… are they going to have the little things all over, too (ex: Artificial Christmas trees, store bought ordainments, etc.). Now I am much more cautious about keeping my wheat in airtight buckets, and its probably all due to the problems my mom had. Weevils, especially strawberry root weevils, are attracted to moisture. I hesitated, afraid of what I’d find. My fear is that somewhere there is still an un-dealt-with box full of 4 year old wheat berries. There are other ways to prevent and eliminate weevils in the house, too. I should add that pantry moths can also be a problem with grains, breakfast cereal, tea bags, pastas. Jayjay, I don’t have any experience with DE yet, so hopefully somebody who knows the answer to this will respond 🙂 I’m wondering the same things! We got the dreaded pantry moths in a bag of corn we had. Indictable to me, but way too many of one thing. One here one there. When that happens a company packs out your home and it’s in their interest to save everything because in part they are paid by the square foot of your belongings. After you’ve removed contaminated food, you need to wash and vacuum your pantry. The sound of a million moving and munching insects inside the bag, destroying my grains. They have these little adhesive sticky pads that have a natural/organic solution on them. Sponge all shelving and cabinet interiors with either hot soapy water or … The weevils are small (5-10mm) non-flying insects that are distinguished by a distinct long snout with a pair of antennae on the side. I found them in a new box of family size teabags (Luxianne) They had also gotten into other teabags stored loose in the same cabinet. Create a 50/50 mixture of the two and wipe down your shelves with it. Why not stock up while it’s cheap? Lessons like this tend to work well at keeping us more deligent though! I’ve been through my pantry I am so out of ideas. Good luck! It was as bad as I’d imagined. These are available as PDF documents. Now I am determined to find the reason, and kill it. I wasn’t about to take that creepy crawly bag out of the barrel to remove it! Wipe down the entire vacuum (canister included) with disinfectant before bringing it back inside. And I am positive it is weevils I saw a huge dead one between the flooring and googled a ton of pictures to make sure. but now seems smell has changed & not as effective against weevils. Weevils usually have a dark colored body that ranges from brown to black. We were noticing them in our house and finally found the bag! The diatomaceous earth works by piercing the exoskeletons of the weevils before drying them out completely. I think I probably ate more than a few ground up in our flour (oops). When you use a product to repel them, where do they go? My beans are in a bucket with ashes mixed with lime; and when you going to used it, only wash them! I too say “hmm…”. Four years ago I had an attic fire. Well, Jada made the observation that one of these barrels’ lid was askew. After pausing for a moment, I opened the door. Thanks again for your wonderful post! Toward the kitchen! You can use them as a way to prevent future infestations. I cautiously removed the lid from the opened barrel and Jada and I gasped in horror at… not what we saw (we were prepared for that)… at what we heard! These traps are equipped with sticky strips that trap the pests. Time to break out the mylar bags and O2 absorbers! They can also crawl under doors that have damaged weather stripping. That’s it! 🙁, I put in my rice grains, lentils, cickpeas, etc., several bays leafs. There are two main species of weevils. We’re over the hump, it seems. We got rid of the beans and the bugs and have never seen anymore but the problem is that the odor is still in our house. I caulked around the tub and toilet and I believe the evil weevils might finally be gone. I still find the occasional bugs, but they seen to stay confined to where specific package or shelf that the ‘host’ package lives. Bay leaves are a natural deterrent for weevils. What do vine weevil grubs look like? Weevils can easily chew through cardboard boxes, paper bags, and even plastic, in some cases. You saved the day and a lot of cash. The Grain Weevil is not able to fly, whereas the Rice Weevil is able to fly and this is often used to differentiate between the two weevils. I was right about the closet door not containing them. I searched the web for solutions on how to get rid of them and came across a product called Weevil Away. It went in the compost bin. Behavior, Diet & Habits. I knew now they could eat through the tough linings of cereal boxes, cake boxes anything– SOOOO… I have everything, in Mason jars and food saver suctioned all of my pantry goods and more. Thanks for following up! It can’t hurt! Weevil beetles may be reddish-brown, grey, or almost […] It’s good to hear your experience. Also, would storing the bags in an airtight container or bag work for storing them permanently? I am so grossed out, bought new food (opened bag before leaving store) How long will they be in my life? You just saved us $400-$700. I will sleep better tonight. I had something similar happen years ago except we had these larvae which turned into little flying insects in our oat groats bag. Typically – as in our case – they infest grains and starches such as pasta, cereals, flour, rice, and, of course, wheat. Works extremely well! If you find you have an infestation, you don’t necessarily need to take the same drastic steps as a Roman. I hope this helps. I found it, in the small 4lb bag of dog food. I was blessed to be able to return the bag and get a credit for it since these bugs were already in the bag before we opened it. On the bright side, the pantry moth traps do work well. This was a very well written and informative article. Recently, one of our technicians, Martin Colyer, came across an unusual problem at a flat in Cricklewood. I figured, as long as they didn’t hurt anybody they warranted no concern. I looked into the barrel to find the other four bags of wheat covered in the crawling black bugs. Since they are unable to fly, granary weevils prefer stored grains over those found in fields. She will then seal the hole with a gelatinous secretion. You’d be amazed how effective the mouth of a weevil can be on a cardboard box. Often, you will find hundreds or thousands of these pests crawling on your walls and windowsills. Luckily, I was able to remedy the situation, but not without a great deal of work and stress that I had ruined my entire stores of wheat. The original interpretation depended on the sensationalism of the excavator; they were either accidental or the remnants of an attack by a local tribe. Anyone? Just suggesting a tried a true method of prevention. After freezing, you can take it out and put it in any airtight container. We focused on the positives while we worked. Thanks for the info! after reading this, I looked in the cabinet with the bird seed and there they were. As we sat and pondered on what to do, we realized they were looking for water, hence them being on the shower floor. Be sure that you’ve eradicated the source of their hatching! As you can imagine, this process took the good part of the day. And again, I quickly got the wheat properly stored. I really hope to view the same high-grade content from you later on as well. Problem was, with five 25-pound bags of wheat inside of it, that barrel weighed more than I did! However, if you know you are struggling with a weevil infestation, it may make more sense to buy your dry foods in smaller quantities. I dont even use 5lbs of flour a yr. Diatomaceous Earth will get rid of those bugs. Here are some suggestions. Its coloring is similar to the rice and maize weevils: reddish brown to black. Like Rice Krispies popping in milk. Granary Weevil image licensed under CC. About nine hours into the project, I was finally ready to really tackle the issue. Whew! When the room was clear of everything except the dresser and the bed frame, I hauled the vacuum in. We replaced the rice today and will definitely put it in the freezer, maybe for 2 weeks just to be safe before storing it. But before I can get into what exactly I did to fix things, I should probably tell you a little bit more about this unique predicament. Can anyone tell me something to spray or clean with that will get rid of the door? And to my complete shock and delight, three of those bags had zero weevils in them, and one had minimal infestation. To use it, start by cleaning everything from the pantry. A few more days passed and noticed more and more, some crawling up the walls, on the couch, window sills. The weevil bug mainly thrives by laying eggs in whole grains or seeds stored in dark and moist places. No problems. This last defining feature is very common among weevils and there are certainly a lot of different types of weevil – over 60,000 different species. Any info is appreciated so I can get this in control ASAP. I think they must have been in hiding ,and I brought them with me when I moved house ….But so it starts again .. Although I’d never seen one before, I had a pretty good guess what these critters might be. My freezers stay full of meats from the slaughter house, on sale bacons, bologna, hot dogs, etc. I just found one weevil sitting in an open bowl of powdered sugar I’d left out overnight and all day as my baking of Swedish Christmas Cookies had been interrupted. Gardeners with vine weevil should keep up their guard because stopping control measures after the apparent disappearance of the weevil can allow numbers to build up again. 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