Identifying a Household Bug in Kitchen?

This bug is tiny, is only in the kitchen area, counter tops, on the floor at times, and this one was on the way. I don't see them everyday, but I found a bag of old flour and there we tons in it. It crawls slowly, doesn't jump or anything. What kind of bug is this?

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November 14, 20180 found this helpful

Looks like a grain beetle to me. Clean out all your food cabinets, and store in glass jars that are airtight.

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November 14, 20180 found this helpful

Sounds like weevils....does it match this picture:

They are commonly found in pantries and sometimes come home from the store. I had them when I lived in NO VA and they came home from the store and took over my pantry.

I had to toss eveyrthing and wipe everythign down with bleach (I had shelves that I could do that but if you have wood or some other kind of shelves, wash it down with hot water and whatever is safe for your situation...the trick is getting rid of everythign that they could eat and starting over.


If you can pinpoint it to one item only or you only shop at one store, tell them of the issue and they may offer you a refund. These don't seem to start in homes, they seem to start in places with lots of food sources--stores and warehouses and hitch hike to least that is my experience.

Wishing you a quick solution!

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November 15, 20180 found this helpful

mealy worm

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November 22, 20180 found this helpful

I don't know the proper name, these bugs like starchy foods and will infest flour and other foods not kept securely wrapped. You may want to freeze your flour and pastas to kill any larvae, just in case. In my days of more extreme poverty I just sifted my pasta with a sieve to drop out as many of these bugs from infested pasta before I cooked it and ate it (skim the water, sometimes more fastidious folks panic when they see bugs float up).


Like I said, my more extreme poverty days, when I could not afford to replace food. The bugs got cooked and eaten with the pasta (extra protein in the dish). Yes, I was that poor. Taught me a lot.

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