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#11 Fri 20 Jul 07 5:36pm

holeys

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Member since Sat 22 Oct 05

Re: flour insects

the coffee jar idea sounds like a good tip plus its air tight and don't have to worry about anything getting in then.

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#12 Fri 20 Jul 07 8:34pm

Eilen

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From Oregon
Member since Fri 23 Sep 05

Re: flour insects

holeys, you could also use mason jars, you can buy them in all sizes and get plastic lids for them.  I made them even cuter by gluing fabric over the lids.  I keep all my dry goods in them now after having a serious pantry moth invasion a couple of years ago; this is just general advice for all insects.

Another good tip is to freeze things like flour for 48 hours right after you bring it home from the store.  This kills any larva that might be in the bag, and at least from my experience doesn't affect the performance of the flour.  You may have gotten rid of your problem at your house, but it's likely the grocery store hasn't.

Also if you have animal kibble around, make sure it's in its original bag and in a food-safe plastic tub; ants and pantry moths love this stuff!

And many insects can eat through plastic so make sure your plastic containers are very hard!

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#13 Fri 20 Jul 07 9:58pm

holeys

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Member since Sat 22 Oct 05

Re: flour insects

Hi eilen,
Oh ok didn't know some insects may be able to eat through the plastic, I only had the little insects in the flour think it didn't help because the flour was jus kept in the bag it came in.

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#14 Sat 21 Jul 07 6:07am

SonomaEddie

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Occupation Chief cook and bottle washer
From Northern California
Member since Sat 10 Feb 07

Re: flour insects

I know, Eileen.  They can eat right through the plastic bags.  I was quite amazed. 
Eddie

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#15 Sat 21 Jul 07 7:46am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: flour insects

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weevil

it seems they can be bad to eat as tehy can ccarry ecoli

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#16 Sat 21 Jul 07 10:53am

mummza

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Member since Tue 04 Oct 05

Re: flour insects

yikes !.... those are rather bigger than the minute little beasties that infected my flour !

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#17 Sat 21 Jul 07 11:48am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: flour insects

They are rather alarming but have you seen a cheese mite?

Leg joint of a weevil http://www.xtalent.com.au/gallery/displ … p;pos=-513

http://www.xtalent.com.au/gallery/displ … mp;pos=650

and more images of small interesting things
http://www.scharfphoto.com/stockphotos/ … achnid.php

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#18 Sat 21 Jul 07 4:29pm

mummza

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Re: flour insects

Hmmm.... interesting .

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#19 Sun 22 Jul 07 2:15am

frizz1974

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Occupation Mother of 2 working more than full time
From Wallerawang, Oz
Member since Wed 29 Jun 05

Re: flour insects

Im not opening those link Rabbit, Im trying to eat a toasted cheese, tomato & onion sandwich...

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#20 Sun 22 Jul 07 3:17am

Cindy

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Occupation Registered Nurse
From Adelaide, OZ
Member since Tue 03 Aug 04

Re: flour insects

Michelle,
You can buy your Tupperware for cupboards a couple at a time. No need to buy sets. It is the only way I can afford the stuff.

Better still, hold a party and invite a lot of friends and that way you can always end up with a set or whatever. Tupperware are very generous with their hostess gifts. My last party I ended up with I complete fridge set valued at well over $100

If you like I will email you my Tupperwares dealers number (he is fantastic) or a friend of mines number who is just starting to sell and she will look after you.

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