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We have been seeing these bugs lately, one at a time. We brought about four big plants in from around our pool for the winter. Is this bug coming from those plants maybe? Should we be concerned about them multiplying or causing any damage?
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Rachel,

This is a black vine weevil, a type of root weevil (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/root_wev.html for more pics.). The beetles are harmless and won't multiply inside the house. They can come inside on potted plants but they can also wander into the house through open doors (they don't fly). The larvae feed on the roots of landscape plants and in large numbers can cause damage in these plants. Just sweep up weevils that you find indoors, no need to apply insecticides.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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