How do you deal with weevils?

Written by: Lars Nyman

How do you deal with weevils?


Gardening can be a rewarding and enjoyable pastime, but it can also have its challenges. Some of the most frustrating and persistent pests to deal with in the garden are weevils. These small beetles can have a devastating effect on plants and also spoil your garden's aesthetic. but don't despair, there are ways to manage weevils and protect your plants. in this guide, we'll provide helpful advice and tips on how to battle these pesky critters and keep your garden looking its best.

Weevils Cheatsheet


Keep grains in airtight containers ✅

Store grains at freezing temperatures ❄️

Inspect products before purchase 👀


  • Small beetles 🪲
  • Reddish-brown color 🌰
  • Long snouts 😮


Remove infested items 🗑️

Use insecticides or DIY repellents 🚫

Hot water treatment 🌡️

Health & Nutrition

Weevils pose no direct harm 🚫🩺

Source of protein for some 🥜

Discard infested grains to prevent stomach issues 🤢


Grow organic produce at home 🌱

Harvest and process grains yourself 👩‍🌾

Reduce reliance on store-bought products 🛒


We all know, as gardeners, that our beautiful plants are hot spots for pests. Among these, one of the trickiest to handle are Weevils.

Step 1: Identify the Weevil Invasion

First, let me tell you how I recognize them. Weevils are tiny, beetle-like insects, usually brown or black with a distinctive snout. I often spotted them on my rhododendrons and azaleas.

Step 2: Understand the Extent of Damage

Weevils are strictly nocturnal, and mostly munch on your plants at night, clever little creatures, aren't they? You’ll know it's them by the notched leaf edges they leave behind.

Step 3: Beat The Weevils - Handpicking

One of my favorite (although a bit time-consuming) methods is good old hand picking. You'll need a flashlight (remember, they are nocturnal) and a bucket of soapy water. Shine the light, pick the weevils and dump them into the water.

Step 4: Use of Beneficial Insects

Weevils have natural enemies too, like parasitic wasps. Introducing such beneficial insects can save the day and your plants.

Step 5: Going the Chemical Way

If the infestation gets too tiring, there's always the way of insecticidal soaps and sprays. However, use these sparingly and only as last resort.

Remember: Overuse of insecticides often ends up destroying beneficial insects as well!

Step 6: Set a Trap

A simple weevil trap can be made using a yellow pan filled with water. The pan attracts weevils and then they drown in the water.

Step 7: Systemic Insecticides

Systemic insecticides are absorbed by the plant, and when the weevils snack on them, they meet their end. I prefer them because they tend not to harm the beneficial insects.

Step 8: Keep the Garden Clean

Last, but definitely not least, the best way to keep those pesky weevils out, is keeping your garden clean and healthy. This discourages their growth and preserves the beauty of your garden.

As someone who loves her garden to the core, dealing with weevils has been a continuous battle, but a rewarding one. So pull up your sleeves, grab that bucket and flashlight, and show those weevils who’s boss!


How do I identify weevils?

Weevils are small beetles with long snouts that damage plants. Look for their distinctive curved shape and their presence on leaves or soil.

What plants do weevils target?

Weevils target a variety of plants including roses, strawberries, beans, and corn.

How can I prevent weevils in my garden?

To prevent weevils, keep your garden clean and tidy, remove plant debris regularly, and use organic mulch.

What are natural ways to control weevils?

Control weevils naturally by encouraging beneficial insects, using beneficial nematodes, and applying neem oil.

How can I get rid of weevils?

To get rid of weevils, handpick them, use sticky traps, or apply insecticidal soap or pyrethrin-based insecticides.

Can I eat fruits or vegetables that have been attacked by weevils?

If the damage is minor, you can cut off the affected part and still consume the produce.

Though weevils can be irritating to deal with, keep in mind that they are just a part of gardening. With a few steps, you can easily manage and prevent them from causing too much damage to your crops. Keep your garden healthy and check for early signs of infestation to ensure the most successful harvest this gardening season.

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