People have been reporting small, dark colored insects in their homes during July and August. A strawberry
|Strawberry root weevils are just a nuisance. |
Photo: Jeff Hahn, UMN Ext
Identification is very important because in a lot of cases, people have been concerned that these creatures are
ticks. The pair of antennae is a similar length as the legs and gives the appearance that the insect has eight legs. In the past strawberry root weevils have also been sometimes confused for bed bugs.
Strawberry root weevil larvae feed on the roots of a variety of plants, including, arborvitae, spruce, and strawberries. The adults sometimes accidentally enter homes and other buildings. It is common to find them sinks, tubs, basins, and other sources of moistures. They do not cause any damage and are just a nuisance. In most cases, people see only a few weevils at a time
Physical removal is the only necessary control. Strawberry root weevils will eventually go away on their own. For more information, see Home-invading weevils.