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Rice weevils are of little concern to most Franklin residents because it’s not every day we have to deal with them, unlike other pests that can cause illness or structural damage. Yet, we should still be aware of these little beetles as they are common pests of stored food products. That may be cause for alarm, but Franklin pest control professionals can help. Keep reading to learn more about handling rice weevils in your Franklin home.

What Are Rice Weevils?

Rice weevils are a type of beetle that feed on stored grains and other packaged foods. Adults are small; around 1/8 of an inch long with a visible snout and reddish-brown body with reddish-to-yellow marks on their wings, though this feature is tougher to see without a magnifying glass. Immature weevils develop within whole grain kernels. Adults can fly and are attracted to lights, both natural and artificial, allowing them to end up in other areas of your house.

You’ll often find them in pantries as they are most commonly found in food items that are expired or meant for animal consumption (think bags of bird seed). Some of the items rice weevils prefer to infest include:

  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Cereal
  • Seeds

When these pests infest the stored food in your pantry, you should throw away the affected items. It's also a good idea to call pantry pest control professionals to find any other rice weevils in Franklin and remove them to save as much unaffected food as possible.

Why Am I Seeing Weevils Around My Franklin Home?

Weevils are like most pests, invading Franklin homes for shelter when the outdoor conditions are unfavorable, or become visible in items well past their expiration date. Additionally, they can squeeze through the tiniest cracks or gaps around the home.

Ingesting these pests is not known to cause illness, but they can damage the food in your house. For this reason, you should get weevils out of your kitchen. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these pests from invading your Franklin home, such as:

  • Check expiration dates on your products and throw expired items away
  • Fix broken sacks of seed beans 
  • If storing bird seed in the home, put the bag in the freezer first to kill any pests
  • Remove seed beans from planting hoppers
  • Clean up spills in the pantry
  • Store food in containers with tight lids

Since weevils usually infest stored grains, finding the adult beetles or small holes in stored food can signify an infestation. Keep in mind, many everyday products can contain the food used by rice weevils. Items such as therapeutic pillows that contain rice, or toy animals stuffed with beans, are other items that could be attractive.

How To Get Rid of Your Rice Weevil Problem

Weevils are harmless to people and temporarily invade residences, so they often leave by themselves after feeding. However, allowing them to remain in your house could result in losing food, and certainly a headache. If you see these pests in your home, you can remove them with a vacuum or broom, but the best way to prevent weevils from causing damage is to call dependable pest control professionals.

When you call All-American Pest Control, our technicians will inspect your house to find pantry weevils and other pests. We use the best methods and products to remove them, protecting your health and property. Call us today to learn how we can get weevils out of your Franklin home.

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