The grain preparation process cannot separate weevil eggs from the good
Eventually the eggs hatch.
You have, seemingly, two choices:
1. Use the grain product within a reasonable time.
2. Enjoy another source of protein.
Bee there, done that. Usually bugs comes from buying some unprocessed
grain; usually something like bird seed, or food or spices from a
foreign foods market. From my experience with food moths in my
cupboards, first throw away anything that looks suspicious. Any old
rice, grains, cereal. Inspect for webs or larvae. Even if its in
plastic they can eat through it. Glass jars with rubber seals are the
only insect-proof way to store food.
If they don't go away, then things get drastic. They are in the walls
and you need to starve them out, or have a terminix guy spray poison.
I didn't like the idea of poison near my cupboards so I took a safer,
but more difficult route. I threw out everything in the cupboard and
made do for about 30 days, storing the new stuff I bought in another
room. After a month the insects in the walls were dead and I restored
the food to the cupboard, problem gone.
Thanks. I will throw out the old bags and boxes of cereal and grains.
I can't seem to eat the cereals fast enough. I'll switch the
position with other non-food items for a while. I found by trial and
error that the grain and powder bags that I kept in the freezer were
ok. Can these devils attack baking flour ?
Indeed. Try this trick - put a bay leaf (the dried kind from the spice
isle) in with your flour or other vulnerable food - the bugs can't stand it
and won't move in. I've done it and it worked in an old apartment I had
that had thousands of the things at one point.
You can also spread a few around on the shelves in your pantry.
And unwrapped sticks of spearmint gum works pretty good on some of
them too. Packaged walnuts are notorious for attracting those little
moths too, so get them out of there if you have them in the cupboards.
Keep in mind that mice like gum -- at least around here.
No need to upwrap them either -- a mouse had no problem
getting into a cupboard under the stairs and into a
backpack where it found a pack of chewing gum. Mouse
and gum disappeared leaving the shredded gum wrapping
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Crazy! The only grains I keep for long are rice and flour, which I keep
in sealed jars/cannisters. Pasta should be fresh, not stored long.
Cellophane bags are much better than boxes for isolating any critters.
Rice and pasta can also be cooked and frozen - works great. Just heat
up in microwave.
Take critter to your local county extension agent for an accurate ID.
Chances are these insects are grain-related. There are traps.
Best way to keep things under control is to keep suspect food items in
sealable storage containers. Poisons are not a good idea around food for
human or pet consumption.
It will help to put any dry food like flour, pancake mix, etc. in the
freezer for at least 2 days. At least they are prevented from hatching out.
Then keep it in glass or large plastic bottles, tupperware, etc.
You have "food bugs," possibly weevils. Throw out everything and keep
newly-purchased grains in glass jars or refrigerated. Weevils can get
through cardboard boxes and some plastics. Bay leaves help repel
insects and my mother kept a bay leaf in her flour all the time.
They are most likely these.
We get them allot. We throw out everything they get into and then get a no
pest strip. The strip seams to kill the adults as they hatch which stops
There are also pheromone glue traps that go into the cabinets to grab the
adults as they hatch.
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