Perhaps you’ve found a sole weevil wandering around your home, or perhaps you’ve already discovered that the flour container has been taken over by weevils and you’re not sure if your other pantry products are safe. Either way, now you are determined to see if there are more, but how will you find them?
If you are concerned about finding weevil eggs in the garden, you might be able to identify the grubs, also called larvae. Weevils that feed on plants and roots can sometimes be found in a less mature form somewhere near the plant. Check in the soil about 4 to 6 inches deep or near the roots of the plant. These C-shaped grubs are a cream color with a light brown head.
If you are looking for weevil larvae in your pantry, they may be hard to spot. Searching for weevil eggs in a box of rice may be all but impossible. Signs of an actual infestation will be obvious – you should be able to identify more than one weevil in the area or see them feeding on a specific item in your panty. If you cannot find any full-grown weevils, but still feel concerned about weevil larvae, you can either throw the product away or kill any potential larvae. To kill the larvae, place the suspect food product in the freezer for at least six days or put it in an oven at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 15 minutes.
Weevils are occasional invaders and unlikely to cause long-term concern. However, if dealing with seasonal pests is one more thing you don’t want to worry about, call Terminix®.