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As careful and clean as you try to be, there is a possibility of bringing a bug-infested box of pasta home. If you don't have enough containers, wrap each box in a plastic bag and seal tightly. This will prevent the infested box from spoiling other foods in your pantry.
I hate bugs so I use my freezer to keep away the pantry pests. I mark the date and then freeze all of the cereal, flour, pasta, rice, etc that comes in the house for at least 3 days. I never have problems with vermin in my pantry anymore.
The best thing I have ever found to keep pantry moths or any other pest from getting in your food is to put a bay leaf in the box or package after it is opened. There is something about a bay leaf that they hate. You can get these cheaply at a $1 store.
By Elaine from Iowa
Clean up spills in your cabinet quickly. Store food in air tight plastic, glass or metal containers. Clean food storage areas at least once a year and inspect packaging for leaks. Get rid of any packages that appear to be contaminated by insects.
While it won't do anything about any little hitchhikers already in your food, bugs absolutely hate cedar, so sprinkling a few shavings or hanging up a little bag of it in your pantry may discourage anything investigating the place from hanging around. (Same goes for your closets and drawers.)
I use the same organza bags I use for making sachets of potpourri so that they look pretty, but you can achieve the same effect with an old pair of panty hose.
The shavings themselves are the same kind you'll find in any pet store, though exposure to cedar in large quantities or enclosed spaces can actually be toxic to small animals, so I wouldn't suggest ever buying the stuff for its intended use.
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I find beetles and bugs infesting a dietary product containing whole grain cereals like barley, green gram, millet, wheat, and fenugreek even in well sealed packs. How can this be prevented? Can roasting the cereals before packing prevent infestation? Should I try washing, drying in sun and then roasting before packing them?
Also make sure you store in glass containers with clip lids.
We have very, tiny black bugs that have infested our pantry. They look like a speck of dirt until they move. They have infested our cereals and dry foods, such as soup mix. They move very slowly. What are they, and how the heck do we get rid of them? I've tried emptying and cleaning out the pantry once, but they came back.
By Kym H.
I learned this many years ago. Buy extra bay leaves just for pantry. When you bring home a product like grain flour etc add about 4 to the box or package and close. They don't like it and they leave your pantry alone. We have had blessed relief for about 15 years now.
They look like a black, round, small seed. How do I get rid of them?
Hi - I believe a friend of mine has a problem with this small round black "bug".
they are definitely alive and not mouse droppings.
We could not find any of these bugs in any food but they must come in with food.
We cleaned all of her pantry - sprayed it down with vinegar - and then put borax at the back and sides of the shelves.
This was about 4 weeks ago and she has seen some dead bugs but no live ones - but that does not mean they are gone!
Hope someone can tell us more about them and why they are around food but not in boxes?
These bugs I have are not any bug I can find on any web-site. They have been found in pasta, cereal, pancake and Bisquik batter, but not in or around the flour which they possibly could get into also. They are in all rooms, the basement included. We have even found them in Hidden Valley powdered seasoning mix.
When they are crushed, they leave a chalky residue. I think I may have brought them into the house in an infested dry dog food package which I took back as soon as I noticed them, but I think the damage was already done. We have hung up fly strips by lights we leave on all nite and they end up just loaded with these bugs. Help please!
Pantry bugs-beetles, grain moths, etc., occur in all types of packaged foods and we often bring them home in our purchases. My entomologist husband says the best plan for you now to eradicate your current invaders and prevent all new attacks:
**Throw out all packages of any type of grain product, opened and unopened. This includes all you have repacked in glass, etc. as they are all suspect.
**Thoroughly clean out all pantry storage areas with a bleach cleaner.
**From now on, use this freezer practice to avoid future problems-place every new package (not opened!!!) in your freezer for at least 24 hours. This will kill all pests and their eggs.
If you find new pests in the future, you may have missed an old package or forgot to freeze a new purchase. If so, you must repeat the above method to return to a bug free state.
I have been told that leaves from eucalyptus trees on the shelves and in containers will keeps bugs out of food. Is this true? I'm sorry. I don't know how to do photos on the computer.
By Tera B
I have what look like little brown worms in my wooden salad bowl. I rarely use it, but when I do I either find one alive or the shell of what was there. What is it? How do I get rid of them? Are they harmful?
By Connie W. from Spokane, WA
Tips for preventing mealy bugs. Post your ideas.
Pest Control - Mealy Bugs
Put a stick of peppermint gum (still in it's wrapper) in your flour canister to keep mealy bugs away. The peppermint flavor won't penetrate your flour.
I have a professional company do my lawn, inside the house, and termite control. I have so many pests and they are treating my home for these. Recently I found a very small brown oval bug. The technician said it is a pantry pest. You can almost "see" them.
By Joyce from Tavares, FL
I have kitchen supplies (some spices like onion seeds, fenugreek seeds, chilly powder, cinnamon, pepper, etc.) stored in plastic containers. Different items are separately packaged and stored away in these containers, but I keep having these tiny thick-skinned brown bugs in the container, ruining almost "all" the items. I disposed off the old supplies, cleaned and disinfected the containers and put in new supplies. Lo and behold! They are back in another month and have ruined my supplies again. Strange thing, I don't even know what to call them. Help needed badly!