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How to Get Rid of Rice Weevils

rice weevils are tiny pantry pests that

infest and feed on stored food products

households that often purchase grains

are likely to deal with rice weevils

eventually if not currently

while a single bug may not be much to

worry about a rice weevil population can

quickly boom to a large scale and cause

hundreds of dollars in food damage

so in this video we'll show you how to

identify and treat for rice weevils so

your home can remain free of these

pantry pests

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the first thing you should do in any

pest control plan is identify what

exactly you're dealing with

careless identification can lead to

wrong treatment methods costing you time

and money even though they're called

rice weevils they don't exclusively feed

on and harbor in rice

they can also be found in other grains

cereals and dry pasta

rice weevils are smaller than even

grains of rice growing only to be as

large as 3 to 4.6 millimeters in length

they have dark brown bodies and you may

even notice some lighter brown patches

if you can see them close up enough

you can tell a weevil apart from other

pests like grain beetles because you'll

notice the weevils long snout

it's hard to miss even if they're that

small you'll most likely only spot adult

rice weevils rather than any eggs

larvae or pupae after mating a female

weevil will deposit one egg into one

grain

seal up whatever hole she's made and

then move on to the next grain

she'll repeat this process until she has

laid about 300 to 400 eggs

though only half of all rice weevil eggs

hatch this is how a large-scale

infestation can easily occur

inspection is the next phase of any good

pest control plan once you know what

your pests look like

check around your property to confirm

their presence or find hot spots of

activity

to confirm rice weevil activity look in

or around your pantry or where food

stuff is stored

you may see a few rice weevils wandering

the shelves but focus on finding the

source of your infestation

look for adult weevils inside bags or

boxes of grains or other stored foods

remember since rice weevils spend their

development stages within grains

you'll only see adults during your

inspection be sure to also check any

cupboards

drawers and shelving if you're wondering

how you got rice weevils in the first

place

the most likely reason is that you

bought infested food from the grocery

store and then brought them in

most of the time that bag of flour or

rice you just bought was harboring these

pests

even if you didn't see the adults

crawling around the eggs and larvae

could be in there going unnoticed

after identifying your pests and

inspecting for activity on your property

it's time to start treatment before

starting any treatment be sure to wear

your personal protective equipment or

ppe

and remember to keep all people and pets

off the treated areas until dry

before starting your treatment you need

to clear out your pantry start by

throwing out all

boxed and bagged food stuffs that sounds

excessive but if you've found at least

one infested package

odds are there are rice wiggles in your

other packaged foods weevils can chew

through packaging materials like

cardboard or thin cereal bags which

allows them to easily spread throughout

an entire pantry

once these foods are tossed proceed to

remove and set aside everything else

next vacuum all cracks and crevices in

the pantry shelving or cabinets

if your shelving is adjustable clean out

the peg holes with a toothpick and

vacuum

rice weevils may be found in these tight

spaces as they travel from place to

place be sure to throw out the vacuum's

bag or clean the canister when you're

done

then wipe down the pantry shelves with

water to clean up any food residue do

not use any strong cleaners or bleach as

these might keep the pests away from

pesticides you'll soon apply

once you've totally cleared and cleaned

out your pantry you'll need to use

insecticide aerosols labeled for rice

weevils like pyrid and novacide

pyrid is an insecticide aerosol that's

often used as a flushing agent and it's

great to treat tight cracks and crevices

where rice weevils and other pests may

be hiding

to use pyrite as a crack and crevice

treatment just remove the white

applicator

attach the provided red applicator and

make sure that the straw is firmly

affixed in the spout shake the can and

spray along the lengths of any cracks

and crevices in your pantry where rice

wiggles could be hiding when treating

cracks and crevices you just want to

spray in quick bursts usually about one

second of spray per foot

pirate does not leave a residual but

it's an excellent contact spray with a

powerful knock down and a quick kill

next apply novacide novacite is another

aerosol insecticide but this one

contains an insect growth regulator or

igr

an igr will disrupt the target pest

lifecycle novacite in particular has a

long-lasting residual and will work for

up to seven months once applied

we recommend you apply novocide as a

spot treatment along the edges of your

shelves

just shake the can hold it upside down

and spray in quick bursts every couple

of inches

with both products you'll be able to

kill any rice weevils you've spotted and

protect your pantry against stragglers

or future potential infestations

be sure to only spray these products in

an empty pantry allow your treatments to

dry before moving on to the next step or

before you restock your shelves

prevention is essential to keeping pests

in check even after you've applied

pesticides the best way to stop pest

activity is to make sure it can't happen

again

while novaside's long residual and

insect growth regulator will protect

your pantry for up to seven months

employ these other tips to prevent

infestations in the future if you can

buy only about a week or two's worth of

food at a time

try not to overstock your pantry shelves

because the longer something sits there

the more likely a potential infestation

could break out

when buying dry foods at the grocery

store take a look at the packaging

if you can see the product try to look

for any rice weevils or other pests

if you see any holes rips tears or other

openings then it's an obvious indicator

to pass that item up and when storing

food

it's best to keep it in tight fitting or

sealed containers put

cereals rice and flour in containers

that can be air sealed even plastic

tupperware can help

this is especially true for dry pet food

pet food and bird seed are often

overlooked and extremely conducive for

pantry pests so it's important to store

your pet food in a sealed container rice

weevils are small yet destructive pantry

pests that can cost hundreds in food

damage but there are ways to control

infestation that's gone out of hand with

these professional products and tips

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