How does one get rid of those little black bugs, which are the size of ants but which look more like miniature worms, in one's kitchen cabinets? ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 1-29-02, 06:10 AM chanceygardner This sounds like a plague sent by ???
11-29-02, 08:35 AM kittypal UGH! I know how you feel, we had them for what seemed like forever. These little bugs sometimes come from foods that have flour or in spices and they must reproduce at an alarming rate. I finally had to throw away a lot of things that had been opened and washed the inside of the cabinets out with a damp towel and I used the vacuum attachments to reach in the corners. I was afraid to use any sprays because of the food. Good luck, every once in a while I still see one.
11-30-02, 03:21 AM tsaeb I think that I may have caught them from the supermarket. They are low in number, but they are difficult to get rid of entirely.
12-03-02, 01:19 AM jejelale Try sprinkling cayanne pepper in your cabinets. It gets rid of my unwanted guests!!
12-03-02, 06:06 AM tsaeb I haven't seen them lately. Are they able to know that I am after them? Ha, ha!
12-05-02, 02:02 AM Nadca2 You may want to check your pasta etc. Nothing worse than cooking dinner to find a few of our ugly little buddies lurking in your noodles. I just basically threw most of my open pasta rice etc out and cleaned with major bleach. Didn't see them again. I also started storing all of my things in glass or tupperware containers. Good luck. N
12-08-02, 02:08 AM tsaeb I keep the pasta boxes elsewhere in large lawn bags. These critters like to hide and proliferate in oatmeal cookies.
12-08-02, 04:01 PM kittypal Yuck, I will have to try the pepper thing. I must have gotten them from the super market too. Even though I did that total cleaning I still find ONE every few weeks or so. I just bought a bunch of rubbermaid containers for all my flour and grain products. Ewwwww found one in the poptart box...bleck.
01-02-03, 03:02 PM emkayess I too have had an infestation of these critters. With the kids gone I have to learn to shop for only two. The way I understand it the eggs for these bugs are present in just about any flour product(ick!). If the box sits around long enough they will hatch.(I forget who told me this, and I hope they are wrong.) A good strategy is buying only what you will use in a month - no matter how good a deal it is and you would love to stock up. I don't bake anymore, so the flour is in the fridge, brown rice is in the freezer and I only buy 2 mac-and-cheese boxes at a time
01-03-03, 10:29 AM Di emkayess
What you heard is correct. These are weevils and the eggs are present in all grain products. Keeping the items in the refrigerator or freezer is the only way to prevent their hatching if you are storing them for a lengthy time. I agree, yuck!, it doesn't bare thinking about!
05-06-03, 09:24 PM Dixie One bay leaf in a container of corn meal keeps the bugs from hatching. I read this once, and it really works. I am pretty sure it will work for flour and other things, too.
05-15-03, 07:51 PM cattywampus Wonderful, wonderful Washington! No cockroaches or fireants; worms, beetles and ants stay outside where they belong. Mice come in occasionally, and there are spiders, but I've lived in my house nearly 3 years now and I've seen 2. Also no hurricanes, tornados or typhoons, no drum-rattling thunderstorms or scary lightning blasts, no floods, no forest fires. All we have is rain, and not all that much of that. I wouldn't live in Tornado Alley if they gave me the place. I'm staying here!
05-15-03, 08:32 PM Tree ummm, catty....
You're close to where I live!
Although we don't suffer from hurricanes and tornados etc. don't forget our looming threat of earthquakes!
Wasn't there a fairly large one in Washington not too long ago??
They keep talking about the BIG one, but I DON'T WANNA EXPERIENCE IT!
05-15-03, 11:23 PM cattywampus That's right, Tree. It did some damage in this town, all right. Yep, we have volcanos and earthquakes, but they are rare. I've been to BC several times; one of my granddaughter lives in Whistler. Canada is wonderful, but I'll take Western Washington any time.
05-15-03, 11:33 PM Tree I LOVE your spirit, catty!
05-16-03, 08:53 AM cattywampus Why, thank you, Tree. I love your avatar - does that really look like you?
Catty Cool 05-16-03, 12:25 PM Tree Yep, if you drink a quick 2 glasses of wine, stand on your head and squint while also fluttering your eyelids - it DOES look a bit like me.
05-16-03, 04:54 PM cattywampus What? You're already laughing and you haven't even seen my picture!
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I agree with Nadca2. Storing open food in airtight containers really does make a difference. I really prefer Tupperware but it is quite pricey. Rubbermaid works well too. At Target you can buy an entire Rubbermaid 22 piece set for about $10.00 or a 50 piece set for about $20.00. Containers stack easily and they keep the bugs out. I never have oatmeal cookies around that long in my house for bugs to get to them.
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These bugs are called GRAIN BEETLES or WEAVERS. They like foods like batter, rice ect. I just went to a "do it yourself" pest control store, they gave me a spray called "CYFLUTHRIN"
The best thing to do is find out the source. They are hiding in a box or pack of something. Get rid of it. Put it in the trash and take the trash out. Clean the entire cabinet and then spray. Wipe down all appliances and counters and you should be fine. Check your spices, they like spices as well.
Don't forget the floors, you must clean everhting. Since they are so small you never know u might drop an egg or something.....
Tsaeb - I don't know if products developed to kill roaches will also kill your weevils (or whatever they are). I love Bengal roach spray, but we recently had a small-roach infestation, and it wasn't practical to spray around the food, dishes, and cat's eating area. So I got some Raid roach bait traps and they worked wonders. If they kill weevils (the packaging doesn't say), then you can set them around in all sorts of places near, but not in direct contact with, food. I imagine that, after all these years, you've come up with some sort of solution, but in case they return, or someone else is having the same problem...?
"A mite ill..." "Lesser of two weevils..."
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At least they aren't moths. There's a species of moth which likes starch. Think of the clothes moth living in cloth,well, this lives in rice and grain. They can be quite a surprise! I was once amazed to find that a sealed, clear, bag of rice had lots of moths flying around inside it! That was in London, thirty years ago. Two years ago,in Antibes, we had a similar experience but this time there were the small caterpillars trundling around the kitchen ceiling and some adults fluttering around too.It took an entomologist to identify them.He was fascinated and took pleasure in explaining that there was nothing to worry about because these were not clothes moths. (You can tell he was a French entomologist! Moth eggs in food add protein but moth eggs in couture.... )
to get rid of pests in your pantry, the cayanne thing really works. We put some in a spray bottle and fill with water and shake it up. Spray it along the edges of all your shelves in your pantry and cabinets and your problem will deminish. You have to do this every couple of months but it really works. Those little bugs don't like to cross the cayanne pepper.
There's also this bug spray that you can spray indoors and outdoors (it's safe) and it keeps pests from coming in. When we first moved into our apartment here, last month, we had big ants crawling the walls and seeming to come out of no where. We sprayed th is stuff along a;; the edges of the walls inside and out and it stopped.
I believe I have the same sall ant size beetle looking bugs. They are definately in my flour and rice. However Ive noticed more than anything they are in sources of water. Is this the same bug? They always accumulate underneath dish drain board and now even are crawling inside cats water bowl. No other sites have linked both water as well as the flours, rices etc. Please help.
They are called mealy bugs and are the most creative little critters ever. I have found them in cayenne pepper and black pepper. They can bore holes through packaging and even tupperware.
They are found in even the cleanest of homes. My sister cleans houses for a living and most of the homes are in the $400,000 - $700,000 price range and even they get them. The best way to stop them is to store dry goods, such as pancake mix, cereal, meal, sugar, flour etc in air tight containers.
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Oh gosh, that picture makes me cringe. I found them in my dogs treat dish back in the summer. It was horrible and they move so fast!!! I made the mistake of dumping the whole thing out on our smooth top range, which is black, so they scrambled and I could hardly see them against the surface.
I threw everything out, scoured the kitchen and haven't come across another one. I hope to never see them again!!!
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