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Have you ever opened an old bag of flour, old box of Jiffy cornbread mix, old pancake mix, old oatmeal, etc, and found bugs or golden colored bug skins?  It's because all grain products have weevil eggs.  If you put it in the freezer for a minimum of 48 hrs it will keep alot of the eggs from hatching. Store it in there full time and none of 'em will hatch.  Heloise recommends 7 days in freezer.

My grandma always said 2 days minimum, but she herself kept things like flour in the freezer full time.  I had some flour I put in the freezer for a few days and then put the flour in glass containers with rubber seals.  I moved and those containers ended up in a box that didnt get unpacked for several years.  When it was finally unpacked, no sign of bugs.

And, of course, make sure to buy fresh product by checking the sell by date or packing date. 

If you should get a weevil infestation, heloise recommends (from http://www.homeabc.net/Other/370-2-other.html )
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throw away all of the grain products that are infested with the weevils. This can include pasta, rice, cornmeal, flour, spices and even dry dog food.

Next, take everything out of your pantry and wash down the shelves with hot, soapy water. Then spray the shelves with an insecticide that will kill weevils (it will say so on the label) and be sure to follow the label directions exactly.


You can also end up bringing home a box that's got the bugs hatched out already, even with a good sell-by date.  That's happened to me :(   That is usually caused by the warehouse having a weevil problem or the grocery store having a weevil problem.
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Remember this later this year when you vote for the lesser of two weevils.
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It's because all grain products have weevil eggs.
Eeeewwwww!!!  :078 For real?

BF, you made me LOL at this one!
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Remember this later this year when you vote for the lesser of two weevils.
Maybe we could deep-freeze 'em!!!  :0771

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For real?
um, yeah.  Sorry.  Try not to think about it

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Suze...you live in FL and have never opened a box and seen them?  You are either very lucky, or, um, well - like Steve said...don't think about it, cause it will gross you out.  Bet you'll look closer from now on, tho.

In N.O., when "baked for a living" I had a freezer JUST for storing my grain products in.  There was still the chance that they were there when I bought them, but I never found anything active in 5 plus years of buying 1000's of pounds of flour, etc.

The worst is the Jiffy Cornbread mixes.  I saw ALOT of ucky weevils in those, when I used them.  Ick. :(

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If memory serves our gov't allows a certain percentage of "extra" in grain products.

The only time I've seen anything extra was when I purchased an organic whole wheat pasta.

Dumped it.

Never again.

Thanks for the tip WayOutWest....my flour and such usually gets stored in the freezer.
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Eeeewwwww!!!  :078 For real?

BF, you made me LOL at this one!Maybe we could deep-freeze 'em!!!  :0771
I'd prefer carbonite.
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When I was a kid, we did have them in our cupboard at least once (live  :-X), but my dad made it sound like they went in there because the flour or whatever it was wasn't sealed properly. Not that ALL grain products have them! :tmi Lordy, is ANYTHING safe to eat?!?

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A little extra crunch won't hurt you!

They claim you eat 8 spiders a year well sleeping.  Lord only knows what them spriders stepped in and crawled on before crawling in your mouth.



As a kid in Chicago, I remember seeing what my mom called meal worms in the flour often.  They looked like the same meal worms we feed to the pet lizard - dont' know if that's what they really were or not.

But here in Colorado - I have never had them.

Had mice eat my tupperware to get to the peanut butter Cap't Crunch cereal before.  I swear mice smell that stuff for miles! 
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Buy white unenriched flour.  You won't have to worry about bugs, because there's nothing in it that even a bug can survive on.

Feed the mice some of your coumadin.  That'll learn 'em.
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I remember seeing what my mom called meal worms in the flour often
flour and meal moths (aka pantry moths) are a pain the butt to get rid of.  Sister had an infestation in her house once. Ended up throwing out nearly everything in the cupboards and giving them a good cleaning and spraying.

Had some dried chili peppers hanging inside once and those got infested with moths.  Kept seeing the meal worms on the ceiling and took forever to figure out where they were coming from.
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We've had infestations of those darn moths. I've thrown away a LOT of food due to it. Now I'm very selective about the packaging I buy my pasta in...I don't need something easily crawling in before it gets to me. In your pantry, the larvae will eat through thin plastic packaging but thicker plastic seems to keep them out. Cardboard/paper pasta packages are easier access.

My one cat LOVES to hunt moths. I think she had a lot to do with getting rid of the moths. I took away the food sources and interrupted the life cycle by getting rid of the larvae and eggs inside food and wiping down the pantry. No insecticides needed, and for any that were missed, my cat killed the adult moths quickly enough that she apparently kept them from reproducing.

  

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