Do boll weevils bite humans or are they poisonous?
Do Boll Weevils Bite Humans! I will begin by telling the story. Recently I few days ago I returned from a hunt in Amarillo Texas to my home in Tennessee. Leaving my equipment bag on a chair in my bedroom for a few days. For about the past three nights I have been waking in the mornings with new bites each night. Thinking it to be a flea since our Labrador sleeps with us, I inspected her very closely. No fleas! This afternoon while inspecting the bed for the evening, "guess what I found"! Yes a small Boll Weevil in the center of the bed under the covers that had been injured probably by the dog jumping on the bed. I identified it via the Internet as confirming it was a boll weevil. Assuming that he had to be the culprit! It would seem that due to a lack of possible moisture or food he chose me as a host and left some nasty bites looking like the worst mosquito bite or flea bite you have ever had, not to mention the itch unmercifully. Even after using after-bite and other remedies. Can't advise about the poisonous section of this question, guess I will find out! However the itch is tremendous! LT.
Boll weevils are now considered (eradicated) in most of Georgia. Traditional boll weevil controls included diapause control (sprays and stalk destruction immediately after harvest to prevent weevils from entering diapause), insecticide application at pin-head square stage (to reduce populations of overwintered weevils prior to oviposition), and four to five mid and late season insecticide applications at 3 to 5 day intervals, beginning as early as the first bloom.
Cleaning with vinegar; keeping temperatures cooler; tight-lidding supplies of flour, rice, and oats; and vacuuming crumbs and spills are home remedies for eliminating boll weevils. The beetles in question (Anthonomus grandis) do not tolerate cold or refrigeration but do relish spilled grains and untidy surfaces.
Boll Weevils develop and feed only in cotton and plants that are very closely related to cotton. It was first discovered in the US in Texas in 1892 and traveled east to Georgia. It can be found in all points south of there wherever cotton is grown. It is believed to have originated in Central America and can also be found in South America and Mexico.
The boll weevil has this big snout and it uses it to bite the top of the cotton plant. Then it licks out the cotton until it has no more cotton inside the ball. The boll weevil larvae and pupal do the same thing but they have to get help from the adult boll weevil to eat the top og the cotton plant.
Weevils do not tend to live underground. Depending on the species, they may live in grains and dry foods, while the boll weevil lives in and feeds on developing cotton bolls. Weevils have been known to live in packets of flour, biscuits, nuts and cereals. There are also aquatic weevils which live in temperate lakes and ponds. There are around 60 000 species of weevils, and only one is known to live underground.