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Attack of the Dreaded Weevil In My Kitchen!

Updated on September 21, 2016
Even simple things like cookies not stored properly can attract weevils.
Even simple things like cookies not stored properly can attract weevils. | Source

Yucky Buggs!

I was spring cleaning my cupboards today when I came upon...a weevil (Aptly named...ME EVIL!). My rice was alive and full of flying little critters! Those that didn't fly crawled.

I was appalled! I hate bugs...and not just any bugs...I loathe weevils and cockroaches with a passion! It is like having an infestation that can't be contained without a major overhaul and bringing out the big guns.

I was hoping for the best.

Finding the Infestation

Once I had seen that my rice was alive and moving on its own, I began to search my other containers wondering how this little bug could have infiltrated my kitchen. I didn't care what type of weevil it was. This nuisance had now created a war with my grains, it, and me.

They seemed to be everywhere...my rice, flour, wheat, spaghetti, assortment of noodles, oatmeal, cornmeal, all the things I hadn't used in the last two months. (I had noticed these little flying gnats in my kitchen earlier, but didn't think much of it since I had never seen an adult weevil.) Oh...I have seen my fair share of carcasses, just never a live one!

I was now having flashbacks of visits to my Aunt Mary's and the many encounters with the floating bodies in my cereal. (It took me years to eat certain brands of cereal because I had always believed they came with the box.) I shivered with the though of eating a creepy, crunchy, carcass.

Cleaning Time

My mother loathed them as much as me. So I had been taught at an early age that certain dried goods needed to be stored in airtight containers. This little preposterous mess was my own fault. I had grown lazy over the last two months, thinking that the winter cold would keep them at bay until I had time to find proper containers for everything. Now this was going to cost me double the money.

I had to start with a clean sweep of the dry goods in my kitchen. Everything was examined. Anything that was outdated or infected with live and dead bodies, or questionable was pitched. As I did this, I made a list of things that needed to be replaced along with what container I needed to purchase. Once I had the items in the trash, I took the bag outside, pitched it into the trash cart, and rolled my trash cart to the curb. I wanted the tainted items to be as far from the house as possible.

Next came the cleaning and scrubbing. I vacuumed the shelves, corners, and cracks to remove any crumbs. Then I scrubbed down every cupboard, nook, and cranny with a hot vinegar, lemon, and water mixture. I caulked and plastered any cracks that looked as if crumbs could fall down them. Any cupboard lining was removed, shelf washed, and lining replaced.

Prevention

If you would like to prevent getting weevils in the future try a few of these tips.

Place items in the freezer for four days or longer when you first purchase them.

Transfer your items into airtight containers.

Use bay leaves or whole clover in your flour. (Be sure to remove these items before using them.)

Sprinkle whole cloves around your shelves.

You can even use match books to deter the weevils.



Replacement of my precious food items and containers

Once that job was done, it was off to the store to replace my items. For every bag of flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, noodles, or dry good, I made sure I had the proper airtight, plastic, or glass container.

For my noodles, I used glass since I like to display these items on my shelves.

The flour, oatmeal, and products like that, I went with plastic. (I even bought an extra container for my sugar.)

Anything that didn't have a proper container, I planned on putting in the freezer.

Back in the kitchen after my shopping spree, I reorganized my items, making sure I didn't add any old with the new. I didn't want to have to do this again in case I missed any infestations. It was amazing how well these tiny bugs could burrow through a box or bag to get to their goodies.

Satisfied that I had things under control again, I took the extra step and hung fly strips in random corners of my kitchen. If I hadn't of been worried about contaminating the food, I would have looked like Air Force One bombing the creepy crawlies from my kitchen.

I made a mental note to myself that in the future, I wouldn't be so lazy and take care of the problem before it got out of hand.

Checking for bugs!

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    • tlpoague profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Frogyfish,

      Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I have tried the whole clovers and those do work. It takes a month or so, but I haven't seen them come back yet. It also took care of the horrible flying moth-things. These nasty uglies may be good protein, but I cringe at the thought of eating one. What type of essential oil spray did you use?

      Thanks again for sharing you comment!

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      frogyfish 

      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      I just had to poke 'funny' because I too had to clean my cupboards: Not for weevils but those tiny flying moth-things that are also horrible. I bought an essential oil spray to try, but it didn't completely get rid of them...just smelled good.

      Great share here!

      P.S. But did you know that bugs are good protein! :~)

    • tlpoague profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks 2Patricias,

      I would have to agree about the damp conditions. We have been pretty damp here. For some reason they seem to love my rice this year. Right after I had my clean out and wrote this hub, I had another breakout in my rice. I have a feeling this is going to be a bad year for them.

    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 

      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is a useful hub. Both of us try to have a regular clear out of any grains that are past their sell by date.

      We live on the coast (of England) and the damp conditions seem good for these horrid creatures.

    • tlpoague profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Eiddwen,

      I have lived in some states that we didn't have to worry too much about weevil infestation, but since living where I do now, I have to be extra cautious. Lots of bugs here! Yucky!

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi tlopaque,

      Thank you also for sharing this one with us.

      How we all hate these weevils and to be rid is so important .

      I am sure that many will benefit from reading this one.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • tlpoague profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Koffee,

      Ack, sorry I didn't realize my link was bad. I have never used the tips with clover, bay, or matchbooks, but others have said that if you lay these items on the top of your flour it will keep the weevils at bay. It is recommended that you DO NOT use fresh bay leaves since they will mold.

      This is gross, but my great aunt use to just sift them out of her products and still used the grains. She told me that they wouldn't harm you, but it made me sick to think of eating anything like that.

      I never thought about open bags of dog or cat food. Weevils will nest in them too, so it is best to also keep those in an air tight container.

      I am thinking about laying whole clover bulbs on my shelves since I love the smell of clover. If this works as they say, I will let you know. (Again, most said they would stick them on the tops of their containers of grain to keep the weevils at bay, but I wondered if the smell would effect the grain flavor.)

      It looks as if here where I live, this year is going to be a bad year for bugs. Time to break out my weapons of mass distruction.

      I hope this helps and if I find another link, I will add it again.

    • tlpoague profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Simone,

      I agree, I hate them with a passion.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Can't stand weevils. I didn't know you could deter them with clover, bay leaves or matchbooks. Do you just lay some on your kitchen shelves? You learn something new everyday.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oooooh, nothing gets me angry quite like weevils!!

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