Size: 1/8” Long Color: Reddish Brown usually w/four faint reddish-yellowish paler markers
Rice Weevils are considered stored product pests. They are known for infesting fields of grains, are known to fly and are attracted to light. They thrive in warm climates, and feed on corn, wheat, rice, beans, nuts, cereals, rye, buckwheat, stored cotton, and wheat products of all kinds, grapes, apples and pears.A female will bore a hole into the kernel of grain and lay an egg then seal the opening with a gelatinous material. They can lay as many as 300 to 400 eggs in a lifetime. During winter months they are less active. When disturbed they draw their legs up into a ball and play “possum”.
Prevention: Inspection, sanitation, proper storage, stock rotation, ventilation and correct identification will aide in the prevention.