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How to Get Rid of Weevils: Tips, Tricks, and Effective Solutions

January 19, 2024

By Rachel Maldonado

How to Get Rid of Weevils: Tips, Tricks, and Effective Solutions

Are you tired of finding small beetles lurking in the corners of your pantry? Weevils might be small, but they’re frustrating. These little insects love to feast on anything from rice to flour, leaving homeowners frustrated and concerned about the safety of their stored goods. 

This post will guide you through everything you need to know about how to get rid of weevils…and keep them from coming back.

What Are Pantry Weevils?

Pantry weevils are a common household pest that can wreak havoc on your stored food items. They are small beetles that are usually between 1/8 and 1/4 inch in length, with a distinctive elongated snout. These insects are attracted to dark and moist areas of the home, most notably the kitchen pantry where they can feast on a variety of dry goods such as flour, rice, and cereal.

Once weevils infest your pantry, they can quickly multiply and cause significant damage to your stored food items. The female weevil can lay up to 300 eggs in her lifetime, which will hatch into larvae that actively feed on your pantry staples. These larvae can contaminate your food with their excrement, webbing, and dead bodies, ultimately making it unfit for consumption.

Pantry weevils are particularly difficult to get rid of, as they are able to infest even the most well-sealed containers. Prevention is key when it comes to keeping these pests at bay – we’ll give you more advice on this later on. 

How to Tell if You Have Pantry Weevils

Have you found some bugs in rice containers in your pantry?

If so, it’s highly likely that they belong to the pantry weevil family. However, there are a few other common pests that can invade your pantry as well, such as Indian meal moths, flour beetles, and grain mites. 

To identify pantry weevils, you should look for small, dark-brown or black insects (again, approximately ⅛ to ¼ inch in length) and have a long snout. You may also notice tiny holes in grain and flour products, indicating that the weevils have laid their eggs (and subsequently hatched) inside the container. 

Another sign of pantry weevils is a distinct, musty odor emanating from the affected containers. 

How to Get Rid of Weevils in the Pantry

If you have noticed small brownish-black bugs in your pantry, it’s time to take action to get rid of them. Here are some tips. 

Store Food Properly

As is the case with so many pests, the proper storage of food can help prevent weevil infestations from happening in the first place. 

Keep all your dry goods in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent weevils from accessing them. Make sure you seal boxes and bags tightly after each use, and keep your pantry well-organized to minimize the hiding places for pests.

Get it Clean

Once you have a weevil problem, the first step in eliminating weevils from your pantry is to clean it thoroughly. Start by wiping down all shelves, walls, and surfaces with white vinegar. 

Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent that is effective at disinfecting and removing odors from your pantry. It is also a natural deterrent to weevils and other pests.

Freeze Anything That Can Be Saved

Next, freeze anything in your pantry that can be saved. 

Weevils can survive in temperatures above freezing, so it’s important to freeze any infested items for at least four days to kill the eggs and larvae. This includes grains, flour, cereals, and any other items that may be infested.

Use an Insecticide 

If the infestation is severe, you may need to use an insecticide to get rid of the weevils. Look for an insecticide that is labeled for use on pantry pests and follow the instructions carefully. 

Keep in mind that insecticides can be toxic, so be sure to keep them away from children and pets – in most cases, it’s best to call in professional pest control to handle these chemicals for you. They have the knowledge of the best methods and products that will effectively get rid of your weevil problem without causing any undue harm.

Put Out Some Cloves or Bay Leaves

Finally, you may want to put out some cloves or bay leaves to repel weevils. Though there’s not much scientific evidence to back up these remedies, countless people have found success with them. Even if they don’t do much to get rid of your weevil problem, at least they’ll make your pantry smell good!

These spices have a strong aroma that weevils find unpleasant, and they can be effective at keeping these pests away. Simply place a few cloves or bay leaves in your pantry or in the infested containers to keep weevils at bay. 

Stop Pantry Weevils from Getting a Free Lunch

If left unchecked, pantry weevils can reproduce quickly, laying their eggs in cracks and crevices all over your pantry. Before you know it, you could have a full-blown infestation on your hands – leaving you with a costly cleanup and a compromised pantry.

The good news is that there are ways to prevent pantry weevils from getting a free lunch in your kitchen. 

The best way? Hire a professional pest control service like Hawx Pest Control. Our experienced technicians use safe and eco-friendly methods to eliminate pantry weevils and other pests from your home. We take pride in providing top-notch customer service and making sure that our clients are satisfied with our work.

Don’t let pantry weevils take over your kitchen. Contact Hawx today to join our satisfied family of customers and take the first step towards a pest-free home.


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