One of the worst things to find in your home is the infestation of bugs. If you have had this happen, you probably remember the gross sensation where you keep feeling bugs crawling all over you.
One of those pests that can invade your home is the weevil bug, also known as flour bugs. What are these creepy crawlers? How can you help prevent them? And if your home is currently, how can you get rid of them?
What Are Weevil Bugs?
Weevil bugs are a type of beetle that are known for their elongated snout. The snout has a mouthpart that excavates tunnels into the grains. In these holes, they will lay their eggs, usually a few eggs a day for months.
There are thousands of species of the weevil bug, including rice weevils, grain weevils, and maize weevils. Some, like the rice weevil, can also fly. When they make their way into your home, they can damage many types of stored grain.
How Can You Help Prevent Weevil Bugs?
If you live in an area prone to any bug infestations, you will want to take measures to avoid weevil bugs. Since you may see weevil bugs in flour and grains, you want to store small amounts of these products if you don’t use it much.
A useful tip is to store flour and other grains in hard, airtight containers. Where ever you store your food, make sure it’s a dry place because weevil bugs are attracted to moisture. Depending on where you purchase your products, you might also want to put it in a freezer bag and freeze it for at least a week.
Various natural products that can be placed in cabinets to act as repellants for weevil bugs include:
- Bay leaves
- Black pepper
Another alternative is an open matchbox since the weevil bugs don’t enjoy the smell of sulfur.
How to Get Rid of Weevil Bugs
The first thing you have to do is find the source of the weevil bug infestation. Check your cereals, grains, spices, dried fruits or vegetables, and even candy. Anything that has adult weevil bugs should be thrown in the trash outside.
Once you find the source, you need to clear everything out of the area and clean it. The best thing to use is a vacuum so you can make sure to get all the weevil bugs and any eggs they have laid.
The next step is to pick up anything that might have been left behind wiping the area down with a soapy washcloth. You can then make a mixture of half water and half white vinegar (or eucalyptus oil) to swipe over the surface areas to act as a repellant.
For the next couple of months, you will want to keep an eye out in case some eggs or adult weevil bugs were missed.
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