Weevils are a type of beetle noted for the long snouts with chewing mouth parts. One subdivision of this group are the cucurlios which have longer and more curved snouts than other weevils.

Adults are hard-bodied beetles with dark colored bodies. They will play dead when disturbed. Weevils chew on a wide variety of plants and may leave distinctive C-shaped holes.

The larvae of weevils are white, fleshy grubs that are legless. They may be found inside fruit, seeds, buds or stems of plants while others live in the soil.

Since the larvae may be inside plant tissue, they are difficult to control in that life form. Soil borne grubs may be attacked using insecticides designated for that environment. Most controls are aimed at killing the adults.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 
 

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