What Do Weevils Eat?

Weevils are small beetles that sometimes invade the home. Due to their diets, they are often found outside in gardens or inside in kitchens where food is stored. But what do weevils eat?

There are more than 60,000 species of weevils in the world. Many of these have very specific food preferences. Weevils that are most often found in homes or gardens can be grouped into one of three categories: fruit and nut weevils, seed and grain weevils or root weevils. The weevil diet depends on which of these three categories the weevil in and around your home falls into.

Do weevils eat fruit?

Fruit and nut weevils are found in gardens, crops and orchards. Common types of weevils that fall into this category include the plum curculio and the acorn weevil. The plum curculio feeds on buds, flowers and fruit-bearing trees. It can cause extensive damage to apples, pears, peaches and other fruits with large seeds. Acorn weevils eat through the insides of acorns and hickory nuts.

Are there weevils in my flour?

Seed and grain weevils are often found in kitchen pantries or other areas where dry food is stored. Weevils in this category include the rice weevil, granary weevil and maize weevil. Their diet consists of items like pasta, flour, cereal and rice.

What do weevils eat, besides fruit, nuts and grains?

Root weevils will invade your garden and your home. The most common type is the strawberry root weevil, which feeds on the roots of strawberries, raspberries, evergreens and many other types of plants. They are also attracted to moisture indoors and are often found near faucets or other areas where water might collect.

The weevil diet is very specific to the type of weevil. Since there are many different species, it may seem like nothing in your home is off limits to these occasional invaders. Concerned that weevils are going to eat you out of house and home? Call Terminix® and let the pest management professionals find a solution.