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Several recent calls regarding insects in houses have transpired to be vine weevils, a garden species which can be common in summer.

Unlike the common pest species of weevil such as grain weevil and rice weevil, both around 5mm long, the vine weevil measures around 15mm,(getting on for half an inch in old money).

Generally speaking, if you are finding vine weevils indoors, it is because you have so many in the garden that a few are bound to find their way inside.

Weevils tend to be easily identified by their long snouts and peculiar right-angled antennae.

The gardeners among you may be more familiar with the grubs of vine weevils – these little white larvae with brown heads eat the roots of plants underground and are responsible for many cases of wilt in plants

As for the adults – pictured – they are more prone to damaging the leaves of plants by eating distinctive shaped notches out of them.

In response to the fact that more damage is done by garden pesticides than garden pests, a more natural treatment has been devised for vine weevil control.

This involves the introduction of a predator – or rather a parasite – in the form of tiny nematode worms, which are a type of eel worm.

These come in sachets which you mix with water and apply from a watering can.

Personally, my own way is to take the view that all species have their place – within reason.

I have never treated vine weevils in our own garden, preferring to leave that job to the birds.

And even though do I say so myself, our garden looks fine despite the presence of vine weevils!