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Old 07-14-2002, 07:44 AM
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shocking HELP ... Little Black Bugs!

I have these super tiny little black bugs ( I heard they are flour bugs) and they are everywhere. I've checked the flour, sugar, cereals and such. Can't find them until they come out on the counter. Is there a non-toxic way to get rid of them?

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Old 07-20-2002, 09:04 AM
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Freeze 'em!

I put everything in plastic sealed containers as soon as it comes in the house in order to avoid any problems but I've been told time and time again to freeze any dry goods for 24hrs in order to stop and prevent any problems. This is an easy habit to get into. As soon as I unpack the groceries, the dry goods get bagged and placed in the freezer.

Any dry goods can be frozen without any detrimental effects as long as you seal it in a plastic bag or container in order to keep out moisture. Clean/empty bread bags will hold a 5lb bag of sugar or flour economically for this purpose.

You may not be finding the bugs in your flour and cereal because I've been told that the eggs are white/beige and basically invisible to us (they blend). They don't turn black until the emerge and mature.

If we really thought about what we eat, we might all die of starvation.

I hope this helps and that I didn't "BUG" you out!!

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Old 07-20-2002, 09:20 AM
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shocking yikes!!

I've had to deal with those little fellas a couple of times. They are called weavels around here. I had to throw out everything! All flour, sugar, rice, pasta, cereals, etc....... Yup, the cupboards sure were empty!! Then I washed out the cupboards with a bleach/soap mixture. That took care of the problem. It is a good idea to keep everything in "tupperware" type containers to prevent these bugs from spreading through everything should you ever get them again.

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Old 07-20-2002, 09:35 AM
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I have never heard of them, yuck....

I'll have to go check out my kitchen.... I have never seen any here.


How small are they?

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Old 07-20-2002, 09:50 AM
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When I remarried, my husband put the flour, sugar,bread etc. in the fridg and I thought he was crazy. I thought: it will get damp and all stick together in one big blob!! But, if put into a sealed plastic zip lock bag or anything that can be closed tight, it really does work. Good advice.
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Old 07-20-2002, 09:52 AM
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they are called weveals here also. they are maybe the size of a grain of rice, but not as fat. I also was told to freeze dry goods for 24 hours. this stops the eggs from hatching. I usually dont' get them too much but I get them in my rice if I don't freeze it good.
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Old 07-20-2002, 10:14 AM
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Ah, ha! Great ideas!

I'm going to try that freezing dry goods idea! I can see that working. I won't use bleach in my house, it makes me sick the fumes can burn your lungs as well as your skin and clothes if you spill. I only use non-toxic stuff in my house, my allergies and sensitive skin can't take those chemicals. But I do love the freezing idea. I guess I'll just have to use a concoction for spraying the cupboards once I get them cleared out and throw away the dry goods I have. I do put them in tupperware containers right away when I get them home. So, we'll see.

As far as how tiny they are ... VERY tiny.

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Old 07-21-2002, 12:17 AM
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little black bugs

these might be bird mites...check outside to see if you have bird nests or they may be in your attic.....take a sample of them to a local pest control company and they should be able to tell you what they are.
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Old 07-21-2002, 12:19 AM
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black bugs

do not leave dry dog or cat food out, put in sealed containers. bag up dry flower arrangements until problem resolved. If you have bird seed, seal that up too.
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Old 07-21-2002, 04:09 AM
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In addition to the freezing try this I have found this works well. Put dried Bay leaves (not the crushed kind) in your dry food (rice, flour, sugar, etc) as well as in the cubboards. I read about this a long time ago and tried it and it works wonders. I told my mom and she swears by it she has never seen a bug since she started doing this. I have also changed where I have shopped if the problem became to buggy. One time I brought home a bag of rice and not noticing it at the grocery store only when I unpacked the groceries there were tons of tiny bugs in the sealed bag!!!!!
Another thing to watch out for grocery stores can give you other bug problems (roaches). I have never experienced the problem myself (thank goodness,knocking on wood). The reading I have done suggested they are in your sack of potatoes, onions, etc and can be found in the boxes that you buy by the case. So check it out before you bring it in the house. I have also read hanging herbs and garlic in your kitchen (decorative effect) repells bugs and flies naturally. Good luck!
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