Traps are a very convenient way to monitor for weevils.
Weevil traps come in a variety of styles and they can be used in several ways. Many weevil traps use pheromone to attract any weevils that are in the area. The pheromone is a scent that is similar to a scent that the weevils produce naturally. The smell of the pheromone tricks weevils into gathering at the trap.
Since many weevils attack plants, farmers often use weevil traps in their fields. The traps tell the farmers when weevils are invading the fields. The farmers only need to apply insecticide when the weevil population gets large enough to cause damage to the crop. This reduces the cost of growing the crop and avoids unnecessary insecticide applications.
The cotton boll weevil eradication program uses weevil traps in cotton fields. There are also traps for pecan weevils, plum curculios, white pine weevils and other crop-damaging weevils.
Traps for stored product weevils also use pheromones. These traps attract rice weevils, granary weevils and the various bean weevils. These traps are used in grain storage facilities, warehouses, grocery stores and food processing plants.
The weevils that invade homes come to find shelter during harsh weather. When they invade, they often come in great numbers. Many homeowners use a vacuum cleaner to remove large numbers of weevils from the walls and windowsills. However, some of the weevils find hiding places.
Orkin technicians use Orkin’s exclusive A.I.M. solution—Assess, Implement and Monitor. The A.I.M. solution creates a plan for your home's unique situation. Weevil traps are effective tools to monitor for weevil activity but will not control a weevil infestation. Orkin technicians can use additional tools to help get rid of weevils and help keep them out of your home.
Orkin technicians place traps in the weevil hiding places. The traps can go behind appliances and in cabinets.
After the initial weevil infestation is gone, Orkin technicians can use traps to monitor for new weevil invasions. The traps will also show if any other pests have made their way into your home. For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact your local Orkin branch office.
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