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Rice Weevil
(Sitophilus oryzae)

Description: Small snout beetle about 3/32” - 1/8” long; dull red-brown to black; 4 light red to yellow markings; functional wings; densely-pitted thorax; not cold tolerant.

Life Cycle: Minimum 28 days

Feeding Habits: Adults feed on whole and broken kernels, can also infest grain in field; larvae grow from eggs deposited inside kernels.

Signs of Infestation: Live adult weevils, and damaged grain with “shot hole” appearance.

Control Tips: Two-step approach. Treat all received grain with protectants to suppress insect populations. Clean and treat empty bins with a tank mix of Diacon® IGR and Centynal EC Insecticide and PBO-8® Synergist or with Diacon® IGR PLUS and PBO-8® Synergist; fumigate received grain (likely to be infested with weevils during the growing period, particularly corn). Monitor grain throughout storage period; aerate grain during warm weather periods of storage to help control moisture and temperature.

Application Tips: When treating flowing grain on belts or at transitions, 2 or more nozzles are recommended; during auger or conveyor cup application, fewer nozzles may be used; position nozzles for full coverage of grain stream; avoid spraying onto sides of auger boots. Calibrate protectant flow rate and check often to help ensure proper application. Use automated switches to turn chemical pumps on when there is grain in the system and turn off when no grain is present.

A side view of a Rice Weevil. A Rice Weevil against a ruler, it measures 1/8th of an inch.

Recommended Products

Tank Mix Options

Tank Mix Options

Applying a tank mix to your stored grains helps provide control of stored product insects.
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Diacon® IGR

Diacon® IGR is approved virtually everywhere stored product insects are a problem. Diacon® IGR interrupts the life cycle, providing long-term control.

Centynal EC Insecticide

This stored grain insecticide can be used in empty grain bins/silos and on grain to knockdown weevils and other pests to prevent bugs in grain.
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PBO-8® Synergist

A synergist for many classes of insecticides, PBO-8® works by blocking production of mixed-function oxidase enzymes. 
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Diacon® IGR PLUS

This stored grain insect control contains an adulticide and insect growth regulator for quality grain protection to help get rid of weevils and other pests.