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November 24, 2004

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Ron

Not only are you funny but so are some of your readers too.I have a million 'Bugs in the grits' stories But enjoyed yours and the reader's better. thanks for giving me the
chance to read with you, it's fun. Ron in Sunny Italy

SIS KOVAR

another thing that seems to work for me is to lay a stick of spearmint gum on the counter in different places. It does attract the criters so you can kill them.

Rebecca

Susanne,

I lived in Florida for seven years. After trying to combat the insects with all manner and pestisides and sprays I finally gave up after the ants ate their way throught the plastic to get to my roman noodles. After that I put all manner of carbohydrate in the fridge. This includes flour, sugar anything that might seem tasty. This kept my food safe but now that I've moved back to the midwest I get weird looks whenever people open my fridge.
Thanks for sharing.

Wendy

My husband and I have experienced the itty-bitty grits monsters on three occasions... all three times we bought grits. The most recent encounter also involved a rather large larval stage of bug that may or may not have been related to the wheevils. It was white and wormy and almost a quarter of an inch long. The grits were congealing among silken strands which we assumed were from the larval worms. I can handle the occasional grits bug, but a worm the same color of the grits is more than I care to endure during breakfast. There's no hope of noticing them once the grits are cooked.

Charles  Haney

I looked up your website to learn about the evil weevil, that lurks in the pantry. One
lady told me to sprinkle bay leaves in my cabinet, everybody wants to have weevil popsicles. Just freeze your flour or meal. I don't have that much room, in the small freezer on the top of my refrigerator. If I
store my flour or meal in air proof containers, will this work?

sharna

how will i get rid of them i found them in my room. i know u can get hese bobm thing for the house and they kill them all and the hole house will be clear but is there a nothing to do wail i wait for them to come and do it thank you

gloria salsman

I, need help getting rid of the weevil's-i've cleaned out my cabinet's,and got rid of the boxe's they were in but i'm still fineing them..i need help... I have notice they have a smell to them.. thank you for any help... G in ok.

Sylvia

My flour, corn meal, etc., are all in tight containers and bug free. I found the source of my bugs in a box of doggie treats and some whole wheat flour. I cleaned out the cabinets and vacuumed them, but they're still there! Every morning there are dead bugs on the stove and on the floor and during the day they fly around all over the place. I HATE THEM! I read all of your reader's comments, and no one seems to know how to get rid of them. Is this a lost cause?

Cynthia Serbent

In the Hardware store there are Pantry PestTraps. They work great. Safer is the company, They are a triangle fold with a sticky substance that attracts the nuisances that come in flour products. Good luck Gloria

Cynthia Serbent

In the Hardware store there are Pantry Pest Traps. They work great. Safer is the company. They are a triangle fold with a stickyn substance that attracts the nuisances that come in flour products. Good luck Gloria. Signed Cynthia

Margaret

We live on the east coast of South Africa and have the same type of climate as Florida, USA. Weevils are part of life here and I put the bag of flour, pasta, cereals etc in another bag (ie double bag it) with a couple of dry bay leaves. Don't use fresh leaves as they are too strongly scented and will not only go mouldy in the closed bag, but will pass their flavour onto the product they are close to. Break the stems off the leaves as they will puncture the outer bag, broken leaves can also be sharp and damage the outer bag.

Margaret

We live on the east coast of South Africa and have the same type of climate as Florida, USA. Weevils are part of life here and I put the bag of flour, pasta, cereals etc in another bag (ie double bag it) with a couple of dry bay leaves. Don't use fresh leaves as they are too strongly scented and will not only go mouldy in the closed bag, but will pass their flavour onto the product they are close to. Break the stems off the leaves as they will puncture the outer bag, broken leaves can also be sharp and damage the outer bag.

sam hambling

i bought some bird seed only to find months later it was running alive with weezils i got rid of the bird seeds but still keep seeing the weesils where else can they live. anyone know please help

Sharon

Thank you all so very much for your tips. I`m trying the bay leaves and matches as we speak.

william tomlinson

many thanks for all the info i will try the matches and bay leaf they shure are a problem i did not know they could fly william

Maria Lee

These comments are very funny. I guess most of us have this problems with bugs in our flour and cereal. What I do is I just make the meal anyway and pretend I didnt see any bugs in there. Then I serve it to my husband (he scarfs down his food so he'll never know the difference anyway). Meantime, I help myself to some fruit. This way I'm healthy, my husband is full, and everyone walks away happy.

diane navarrete

i just spotted this little critters in my sugar last week, I sifted the sugar even though i think i'm gonna end up throwing it away...i am putting all my cereals,sugar and flour in the freezer or fridge from now on...hate those weezils..........

Karen

After finding some weevil larvae cases on top of the cannister of rice in an upper cabinet, I've been the scourge of weevils in my kitchen. Here's an amusing story--each day in the morning, or when I get home from work, the first thing I do is check the kitchen. I've been dousing the countertop with orange cleaner weekly, and keeping everything off of it...on the wall near the stove, I have 2 potholders hanging on a hook, about a foot off of the counter. Invariably, while I won't see any weevils on the counter, if I lift one of the pads, there will be a pair on the hotpads! This has happened day after day, and once I found them--one on top of the other--and oddly, with a third standing by (kinky?) Those little critters have managed to find a mattress, and they must have told each other because needless to say, I obliterate those I find. THEY don't live to tell the tale. I've tried eucalyptus in the drawers, and don't find them there now. I tried the triangular traps and they haven't worked for me--perhaps what I bought were old.

Ny Brown

I have had a similar problem with those things (I am seriously scared of bugs!) My husband and I came back from our honeymoon in 2002 to find them all over the apartment. I screamed and had a fit for days! The little buggies came from a bag of blackeyed peas and it was very hot that summer. Ever since then, it takes me at least two minutes to buy a bag of dry beans and I do not keep them around the house, I buy them when I know that I'm going to cook them.

Helen Saltiel

Hello everyone.
We live in Wales U.K. on a smallholding. We have a real problem with these weevils, they are driving me crazy !!!I am going to try the matches and the bay leaves and will keep you posted on the results. They dont sell these insect traps here and I was begining to wonder if any one else in G.B suffers the same problem ??? H E L P !!!!

Bonnie

Hi, I've been reading all the stories about weevils. I too am plagued with them. So much so that I refinished my kitchen, at great expense especially due to the fact that we only rent. Now I come to find them again. Is it possible they live in the walls? I find they not only like flour which I always keep in the fridge, but also any grain. Even spagetti, especially whole wheat. I always make sure I look in the box before I cook it because they hide in the bottom of the box. Last night I found one in a pot, which is no where near my grains, so I know I'm loaded again. I'm willing to try anything that is not chemical. Please help.

Elaine

Oh God, thanks for this site!! I've been wondering why I had little bits floating on my freshly made tea lately, and saw weevils in my sugar. I've fumigated my cupboards and thrown loads of stuff away, now I'm sat here stinking of bleach and itching all over (doesn't take much to make me obsessive) - My son just laughed and told me to take my glasses off when making the tea next time. Can anyone tell me - can they make you if you accidentally eat them with your food?

Lisa

What great anecdotes! Summer is approaching here in Australia and this morning I found the critters flying in our walk-in pantry! I'm in the process of throwing out ALL the dry stuff. Am going to see if the local hardware store has one of those bug traps! If only we had room in the freezer for the flour etc...Maybe we should give the matches a try!
Lisa

Linda H. of Virginia

I use dried bay leaves and it works... it was a tip from my mother that she learned from hers... And I know it may sound gross but if there are only a few of the little guys in my food, I pick them out and eat it anyway. I've also been told they are harmless and are full of protein. I do keep what I can in the fridge and freezer... that helps... One trick my mom told me is, because they come in with what ever you buy, first, make sure you thoroughly clean out your cabinets, then automatically put what you have recently purchased in the freezer for a week (to kill any new larvea) and then transfer it to your canisters in your cabinet... this way you keep foriegn critters out of your cabinets. It works for me and I was heavily infested to begin with.

Jay - London UK

I have recently found white worms on my kitchen celing and i'm desperate to get rid of the problem. This site has been really useful, other than clearing and cleaning out my cupboards, is there anything else i can do to get rid of the problem. i usually love to cook, but now i find myself reluctant to go into the kitchen....HELP!

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