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Thread: Check your cabinets ! They are waiting to get you.

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    I just spent the whole morning cleaning out my pantry. Saw a weavel & thought I better check. Sure enough there they were in the barley that was in a sealed bag so I chunked it. The plot thickens, checked all the meal & flours, they were fine. The Kaschi cereal had the most, a huge nest of them. I hate these little devils so much. Had to throw a brand new box of oatmeal that was in a sealed tight container I thought. So girls check now before they take over & ruin all your stuff. Groceries are too expensive to throw away. Fixin to go to Wally World & get some new canisters for some stuff. It seems the Tupperware I have had for 25 years doesn't work anymore.

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    Well at least you got them before they ended up on your plate. And now your cabinets will be clean and secure.

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    I realized that problem when I had moths fly out of the pantry. Nasty buggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I realized that problem when I had moths fly out of the pantry. Nasty buggers.
    Been there, done that. :lol: Now I have to deal with all the "green" stuff in the frig......ugh. :lol:

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    This is a good time of the year to be checking! I have tossed some stuff recently as well! :?

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    That happened to me in a forgotten bag of birdseed in the back of a closet. No where near food thankfully, really had the bug guy thinking. Then we found the birdseed...Yuck!!! Dont they sound like something Dr. Suess would think up?

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    Had them Bad but can't seem to get rid of them. I have the pet food in sealed containers but occasionally still find them in things like macaroni and cheese. I have tried just about everything. I brought them home in a container of pecans from the store.

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    Try putting a 1 or more bay leaves in pasta, rice, flour, etc containers. I've had good luck doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebird
    Been there, done that. :lol: Now I have to deal with all the "green" stuff in the frig......ugh. :lol:
    If it flies, you are in REAL trouble - lol

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    something i learned years ago when i sold tupperware. it's just about the best thing you can use to keep bugs out of your stuff ... but if what you put in already has bugs, it can't work. it will help to keep them from spreading to your other foods, though, which is better than nothing.

    soooooo ... you have to check your foods for critters before you store them - not matter which brand you use. pasta is fairly easy to check. flour, sugar and similar things can be sifted before storage. dark colored things are a bit tougher to check, but it's worth the effort if you live in a "buggy" area.

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    For some reason the barley always gets them, that is why I always put it in a bag but I think they eat thru it. That Kashi cereal is like health food store stuff it draws them like magnets. I guess if we freeze everything 1st we can kill them before they get started. Oh well at least the pantry is clean now. I use to sell Tupperware too. Don't know how I did it because I was kinda shy.

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    sometimes your STORE may have them!!

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    I think my cabinets are safe. They're all empty, except for the dishes, pots and pans in them. No food at all. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Had them Bad but can't seem to get rid of them. I have the pet food in sealed containers but occasionally still find them in things like macaroni and cheese. I have tried just about everything. I brought them home in a container of pecans from the store.
    I had that problem till I found out how to fix it. First clean cupboards out of all possible bad food. Buy bay leaves, place a few loose in each cupboard. Then when buying food, freeze it first to kill anything that may have been in there before you bought it. I know, yuck, but most of the problems we all get is from storage before we get it. Once you remove it from freezer, keep in airtight containers as usual and you should be good. I (knock on wood) have been fee of them for several years now, the bay leaves just lay on the shelves in the cupboard, and are not in the way, I have them in every one with food.

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    I read once that when sailors had long sea voyages in the olden days and they existed on those hard baked 'ships biscuits', they were unknowingly being kept more nourished by the protein in the weevils that lived in the biscuits than by the biscuits themselves! :shock: :lol:

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    Have you noticed that bugs usually go for the more nutritious foods?

    I have NEVER found a bug in the white sugar!

    And if they have a choice, they go for the whole wheat flour before the bleached white flour.

    Maybe the bugs are smarter than we are?

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    I keep ALL open foods such as grains and starches in the fridge or the freezer (except bread). my husband thinks I am nuts every time I need flour I have to run to the freezer but...it keeps us bug free!

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    I freeze all my starch food products for about two weeks then put in the pantry. The freezing kills all bugs that have not hatched. Since I started doing this I bought a small chest freezer just for this purpose. I leave all my baking ingredients in the freezer and take out the rice, pasta, pet food, after two weeks. Living in the south, an infestation will happen very fast if I don't stay on top of it. It took me about two months to get rid of my first encounter with the weevils. Never again do I want that hassle to go through.

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    i have had infestation after infestation and no matter what i did they alwasy came back. I removed everything from the pantry, threw out all the infested stuff and wiped down all the shelves, walls, under shelves and wiped down each jar and packet..whew what a job....I was sick of it...and then i read that bay leaves stop the reproduction cycle so i went out into my garden ( i have 3 bay leaf trees) and took 20cm cuttings and put them at the back of the pantry close to all the things that they always infest. i can happily say i have been bug free now for 6 months....I also used those sticky traps previously and they were full of moths so as you see i had a huge problem and the person who said that she thinks we bring them home from the store might be right.

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    If you store new products in your freezer for a couple of days,it will kill any eggs(yes,they are in it all). I had a weevil problem periodically until I did this ,then never again.

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    No problems in the pantry. But last year I found two scorpions in the cats litter box..........

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    Been there done that. Now every thing goes into the air tight vaccume bags, and containers that you seal with a seal a meal or somethingf like that. And all my veggies and fruit go in Green bags, and my bread and bake goods in the new Brown bags. Last much longer and no bugs.

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    We don't have too much trouble with them in Western WA but I remember battling them in NE...I bought a box of saltine crackers that had a nest of them inside...had to go through the pantry and get rid of more grain products...what an eye opener that was!!!
    Glad that you found them early on!!!

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