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What is it?

The strawberry root weevil (Otiorhynchus ovatus) is a dark brown to black beetle with elbowed antennae and a blunt snout. The adult insect is about 6 mm (one quarter inch) long.

What's the problem?

Most complaints about this beetle occur because of their abundance in homes during late spring and late summer. The beetles cannot fly but can be found crawling on walls, floors, ceilings, and items in the home.

What can I do?

Although their presence can sometimes cause concern, they do not feed and are harmless.

The best way to control strawberry root weevils around the home is to prevent access by sealing cracks with caulking compound and installing weather stripping.

If some insects still manage to enter your home, use a broom or vacuum cleaner to remove them. Spraying with insecticide is not recommended.

For More Information

Pest Management

12304 107 Street NW
Edmonton AB  T5G 2S7

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-4978
Email treebugs@edmonton.ca

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