The pesky little Strawberry Root Weevil is a beetle that attacks strawberry plants throughout its life, both above and below ground.
Strawberry Root Weevils are small and may be mistaken for a tick, but ticks have eight legs, while weevils only have six. The Strawberry Root Weevil is black with a round abdomen and round thorax. Like other weevils it also has a long, tubular 'snout' that resembles the trunk of an elephant. It cannot fly and does not bite or sting. It is sometimes found inside homes in areas near water sources like bathtubs, sinks, and wash basins. It does not hurt people or pets or even pantry food, but it tends to be found in crawling on walls and ceilings, making them a nuisance in the house. Chemical treatments are not always effective in killing them, so removal by vacuum is recommended.
In its natural habitat outdoors, strawberry plants are a primary target for the Strawberry Root Weevil. It also eats from raspberry and ornamental plants. Young grubs living underground chew at the plant's roots, weakening the plant's ability to take up water. At night, adults chew away at the leaves and berries further harming the plant's health, and subsequently robbing a gardener of a harvest. To confirm this weevil as the problem, an after-sunset visit to the garden with a flashlight can reveal their presence. Shaking adults off of plants onto paper or fabric to remove them helps diminish their numbers and damage. Adults can overwinter and lay eggs in the spring. Because the weevil does not fly, planting strawberries in a different place every year removes the next generation's easy access to a food source.
Scientific Name: Otiorhynchus ovatus
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 6mm (0.16in to 0.23in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.