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Strawberry Root Weevils

Jeffrey Hahn, UMN Extension Entomologist

Strawberry root weevils
Jeff Hahn
Strawberry root weevils have been common around homes lately. This insect is about 1/4th inch long, reddish brown to dark brown to black in color. They are bulb-like in shape with rows of shallow pits running down their back. They have a conspicuous pair of antennae which can look like a pair of legs. This could be why some people confuse these insects for ticks. However, when someone says they have ticks in their house, double check for the presence of strawberry root weevils.

Despite their name, the larvae actually feed on the roots of a variety of plants including strawberry, arborvitae and other evergreens, raspberries, and grapes. The adults notch feed along the edges of leaves. However, despite this feeding, strawberry root weevils are not considered a plant pest in Minnesota.

It is common for strawberry root weevils to enter homes looking for moisture. They are commonly found around sinks, basins, and tubs. Fortunately, strawberry root weevils are harmless to people and property. Once, they are indoors, the only necessary control is physical removal.
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