Strawberry Root Weevil

The newsletter two weeks ago discussed both the strawberry root weevil (SRW) and the imported longhorned weevil (ILHW). See page 109.

ILHW has finished the adult stage now in most areas and is no longer a problem. The SRW, on the other hand, is still emerging and the number of calls and samples is increasing.

SRW is about 1/4 inch long and shiny black. The narrow head and thorax and large round abdomen give the weevil a light bulb shape. SRW does look vaguely tick-like, but unlike ticks, these weevils have 6 legs and a pair of antennae. The antennae seem rather long for the size of the insect.

See the earlier newsletter article for information on control. Control should be a low priority because the weevils are a temporary, harmless annoyance. Seal cracks and gaps in the foundation and around windows and doors where the adults can crawl into the house. Spraying malathion insecticide on and along the foundation and in outdoor areas of weevil abundance may be of some benefit. Adult weevils already inside the house need only be vacuumed and swept up and discarded.

This article originally appeared in the July 29, 1994 issue, p. 121.

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