What Are Weevils?
Weevils are small insects that infest and feed on grain products, such as flour and cereal. They can also be found in dry pet food because weevils like to eat protein-rich foods. Weevils are often mistaken for beetles or wood lice but they have a distinctive long snout which is not segmented like the rostrum of true weevils (e.g., Rhinoceros Beetle). Bed bugs will go after weevil larvae if there is an abundance of them available as bed bugs need blood proteins to reproduce.
The weevil has been tamed by humans over time and we may see it everywhere from breakfast cereals to alcoholic beverages! The most common weevil you might find in your home is the flour weevil. It has a reddish-brown shell that covers its soft body and it can be found in all types of grains as well as nuts, seeds, beans and dried fruits.
The weevil’s snout allows it to bore deep into dry goods like cereal or pet food which provides protection from moisture so they are not killed by water content inside. This also helps them get at the grain kernels where they find nourishment – weevils eat about one kernel per day! Weevils have been around for over 100 million years but their population seems to be declining due to environmental changes such as climate change, increasing pesticide use and deforestation of trees (weevils need tree sap).
As a result, and looking for somewhere warm and safe, weevils can often end up inside of your home. This is a problem at the best of times, but in the bedroom is even worse. I don’t know about you, but we are not too keen on small creatures crawling over us while we are asleep *shudders*.
What Are Weevils Attracted To?
Weevils are attracted to certain plants. This mainly includes plants in the sage family, such as sagebrush, which is an important food source for the weevil. They are also attracted to lettuce and other crucifers like cabbage, cauliflower and kale.
The weevil lays eggs in the leaves of these plants and when they hatch, the larvae burrow into the plant. The weevils feed on all parts of a plant but tend to be most active at night or during cloudy days. They can cause significant damage to crops through their feeding habits such as eating buds off flowers that would lead to more blooms later in life. This explains why weevils are often seen near farms where there is an abundance of fresh produce for them to eat from.
How to get rid of weevils in the bedroom
If weevils have invaded your bedroom, it is time to take action. They are a pest that can cause damage to your home and need to be removed as soon as possible. Here we will discuss how you can get rid of weevils in your bedroom for good!
– Identify weevils by sight. They are dark brown, about an inch long and have a very noticeable abdomen that looks like it is full of rice or grain.
– Seal up food sources such as cereal boxes by taping shut (or using other means like duct tape) so weevils cannot get inside packaging;
– If you think weevils are in your bedding, wash everything on the hot cycle with detergent (in cold water) for at least 30 minutes to kill any weevil eggs that may be present. You may also want to inspect any fabric items such as curtains or upholstery where weevils can hide too!
– Empty the weevil infested items from your bedroom. If you have a lot of weevils, put them in plastic bags and dispose of them outside or throw them away (check with local laws about disposing of weevils).
– Wash all surfaces – bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets etc., that may be infested. Use hot water and detergent to ensure weevil larvae are killed at every stage of life cycle. Dry everything on high heat for an hour so that any eggs stuck to clothing or fabric will die; this includes shoes under the bed!
– Check all rooms close to the bedroom – some weevil larvae will fall through cracks onto lower floors and then climb back up into high places again once they grow larger. Weevils prefer areas around heat sources so look for weevil activity in kitchens and bathrooms.
– If you find weevils, use a vacuum to get them out of your bedroom before it is too late! The best way to do this is by vacuuming at the baseboards where weevils like to congregate. It can also be helpful if you put down sticky traps or insecticide powders next time they are seen so that weevil larvae cannot grow into adults and cause more problems later on!