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post #16 of 64
I had that problem too........ I think almost everyone experiences it at least once.

Dumped everything, cleaned the whole pantry with vinegar water, let it dry and then with bleach water and then one more time with the vinegar water (prefer that smell LOL)

Flour/sugar both is sealed tupperware containers and the flour has a few bay leaves laying on the top. Remember Mom doing that when I was a kid. No little critters since!
post #17 of 64
Bay leaves! I've never heard that trick before! I'll have to try it.
post #18 of 64
I go to the dollar store, they got those huge cantaners that snap shut, (for flour and sugar) and the small one`s for baking powder and stuff) They are great!
post #19 of 64
Yes- Bay leaves work! icon_smile.gif I unfortunately had to learn that lesson when I moved to a new building in Manhattan. Part of big city "charm" is that even if you are super clean, if you have one bad neighbor who leaves garbage or food uncovered- you WILL get cockroaches... I about died when I went to clean the apt before I moved our stuff in- and found about 20 dead roaches on top of the cabinets!!!! barf!!!!!!! I cleaned down the whole place top to bottom and since I have pets, I didn't want to use any harsh chemicals so the bay leaves were placed in every closet, windowsill, top of cabinet, doorway, under sink, etc... and no buggers to be found!

Thankfully I no longer live in that building... it also had a toilet that would turn into Old Faithful and shoot water straight in the air at any random moment... it only had to happen to me once when I was sitting on it for me to demand to get out of my lease without penalty- something about a hormonal pregnant lady screaming about poo really intimidates some people! icon_wink.gif
post #20 of 64
Sometimes bugs are in the food before you buy it, so it isn't anything that you can seal out. I told the health inspector that I'd bought a bag of coconut that had ants sealed inside it, but that had only happened once. He said that if it had only happened once I was lucky.
post #21 of 64
Happened to me once , went on holiday and came back three weeks later to find a bag of dried porcini mushrooms literally moving in my cupboard. Gross . There was also a load of little things flying around my kitchen . Feel literally sick thinking about it . Threw out all food in my kitchen and bleached everywhere . I keep everything in sealed bags now and seive everything . No problems since . Bay leaves are a great idea . I have a few plants in my garden . Will use them , thanks !
post #22 of 64
@ Wiggler...what an appropriate name for this forum post!!! LOL!! Sorry, lovey, I just COULDN'T pass that up... icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
post #23 of 64
Ha Ha , Foxicakes ! The real reason for the name wiggler is probably worse !
Apparantly when I was a kid there was a drunk guy around my parents and everyone else called the wiggler . When I grew up my family decided they can actually spot when I have had one glass of wine , I have the wiggler look about me , must be an Irish thing ! icon_smile.gif
post #24 of 64
Eww. I opened my flour I was keeping in one of those big 5 gallon buckets and went to sift it into a bowl to make some bread. I hadn't used that bucket in a while... so as I am sifting I notice little brown specks in the sifted flour.

Dead, dried up little weavils, being ground up. Yeah, I bought a new sifter after that. And a new bucket. And I freeze my flour before storing if possible. *shudders*
post #25 of 64
this has never happened to us with cakes, but at one time in the summer our entire KITCHEN had been taken over by ANTS. They were EVERYWHERE and we could not get them out.
post #26 of 64
I have the OXO Good Grip Pop Airtight Containers. They are AMAZING!
post #27 of 64
After reading all these posts I'm going to start freezing my flour when I get it home too. Although it still grosses me out because won't the flour just have dead larva in it after it's frozen instead of full grown weevils?? Yuck. My mom has had LOTS of problems with weevils. For some reason she gets them a lot since my parents moved into my grandmother's house when she passed away. I remember she made rice once and didn't notice there were weevils in it. Until I noticed it after I'd eaten some. I seriously almost puked. And couldn't eat the rest of my dinner. And my dad just says, "Oh well, guess you just got a little extra protein." Yuck. It grosses me out just thinking about it. The weevils got into absolutely everything in her pantry, flour, cereal, pasta, rice, cake mix, everything. She keeps most things in plastic containers now and goes through the pantry periodically to check for them and throw out anything that might be even a little bit old just in case. Ewww. I'm still so grossed out. Bugs in my food. Gross.
post #28 of 64
Here's a little light reading for anyone who wants to check out what the acceptable level of mold, insects and rodent hairs are in their food. Scroll down to get to the list of specific foods and what constitutes levels of contamination that would require action. http://www.fda.gov/food/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/guidancedocuments/sanitation/ucm056174.htm
post #29 of 64
While I agree the stories are pretty gross, I can't help but ell oh ell at some of them. It reminds me of when my sisters and I asked my mom about some specks in the container of rice when we were younger and she tried to convince us that they were "herbs" so we wouldn't get grossed out. We didn't buy it of course, so she had to throw it out with us watching instead of getting to be stealthy to save our weak stomachs and dramatic personalities. Sigh. Good times.
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"You! Cake or death?" "Uh, cake for me, too, please." "Very well! Give him cake, too! We're gonna run out of cake at this rate."
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post #30 of 64
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Originally Posted by molo1116

this has never happened to us with cakes, but at one time in the summer our entire KITCHEN had been taken over by ANTS. They were EVERYWHERE and we could not get them out.



We had that happen in a rental house. They were those huge mutant carpenter ants. I coated every surface in the kitchen in borax and set out boric acid laced syrup bait. It knocked them down but didn't get rid of them.....we moved a month later
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