Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Help! -- The Resolution.

Here's a peak inside by kitchen cupboards.

You might remember that a couple weeks ago, my kitchen was taken over by a ravenous horde (or maybe a few hundred hordes??) of flour beetles.

Good news! I think they're gone.

I wrote about what I did initially--emptied the cupboards, threw stuff out, and so forth. . .

After a little more research and some helpful tips from readers, here's how I proceeded to wipe them out:

1) Bleach. I scrubbed the cupboards and drawers and counters, inside, out, and especially in the crevices with bleach. Hey, the fumes were almost enough to kill me, so they'd better be enough to kill the bugs.

2) Watched and waited. I didn't re-stock right away. I kept an eye out for any stragglers. After being ousted from their comfortable home, I found some desperately leaking into some other weird places—under the toaster where there were some errant bread crumbs, in the drawer with the hot pads because some cookie crumbs had fallen in there, and finally some were making a last ditch for the garbage can. Finally, after they seemed to be gone, I began to carefully re-stock.

3) Air-tight containers. I had a couple containers already—for my flour and sugar—but I went all out and bought containers for everything else I could think of, too. I didn't find one long enough for spaghetti noodles, so I'm storing those in the freezer! Other things like bread and cereal are living in my fridge.

4) Snow white lining paper. My kitchen is rather dark, and my food cupboards are in the darkest corner. My last lining paper had been an inoffensive beige which everything blended into. My new liners are so bright white that the bugs will be able to run but they can't hide! Bwahahaha!

Ahem.

All in all, I think bleach was the lynch-pin. It killed whatever it touched, and I was able to starve out the rest.

I hope this information never comes in handy for you! But in case it does. . .Now you're armed.




11 comments:

  1. Spaghetti containers are hard to find! I couldn't find any in stores, but they were all over at garage sales! Good luck finding one and keeping the bugs away! :)

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    1. Garage sales, huh? I'll have to check some out! :)

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  2. So did those bugs come from those inexpensive noodles? Sounds like that store may have had an infestation.

    On a brighter note, congratulations on your Glorious Victory!!

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    1. Yep, I'm about 99.999% sure that was the source. I mean, it's a discount food store that deals in overstock and expired goods, so. . . ;) Not exactly fine dining, you know. Thanks! It sure is a relief.

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  3. Leah I didn't know they were hard to find, but I think I see them everywhere since I'm obsessed with organizing supplies, LOL!

    I found for $3, a spaghetti container at: http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10008194&N=&Ntt=spaghetti+

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    1. p.s. sorry if my above post looks "spammy" I was only trying to make people aware of where to get a spaghetti container since a comment mentioned how they're hard to fine :o)

      Fondly,
      Layla

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    2. I didn't get a "spammy" impression at all. Thanks so much for the tip, Layla! :)

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  4. Where you keep your foods also matter. Stored product pest eggs invariably make their way into our dry goods and the longer you have them, the more likely they are to hatch and if you store them in cabinets above the fridge or stove, where it is warmer, they are also more likely to hatch faster and before you know it, you will have an infestation.

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  5. Tupperware sells great spaghetti containers :)

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  6. I freeze dry goods for at least a week before I allow them to migrate to the pantry. Flour, sugar, cake mix, bread mix, pancake mix. It will kill whatever might be lurking from the store and keep it from moving to other stuff. ONE time of a weevil infestation from a bag of flour taught me that lesson. I've since found them, dead, in flour sacks but at least that was all I had to throw out.

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  7. Pringle potato chip containers are great to store spaghetti in.

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