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Old 04-26-2006, 05:56 PM
Mrs Johnson Mrs Johnson is offline
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What are these bugs in my cereal? And how do I get rid of them?

I keep finding these small insects in my dry foods. Cereal, oatmeal, graham crackers, rice, and the like. They're dark brown/black and about the size of an ant, but their bodies are a bit fatter. They're hard if you squoosh 'em. (hard for a small bug)
I live in Oklahoma if that helps any.

What are they? How do I get rid of them?

I'll try to take a photo in a little while.
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:00 PM
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Are they weevils?

Is so, how to get rid of them:

http://www.ehow.com/how_18818_rid-home-pantry.html
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:03 PM
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I'm thinking flour beetles. Here's about getting rid of them: article.

Personally, I'd toss everything I currently have, clean really, really well, and make sure everything I bring into the house is stored in air tight containers or bags.
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:07 PM
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I'm thinking flour beetles. Here's about getting rid of them: article.

Personally, I'd toss everything I currently have, clean really, really well, and make sure everything I bring into the house is stored in air tight containers or bags.
I had never heard of those but they look and act like weevils so a confirmation may be hard (but largely irrelavant to fixing it).

Here is a photo a home invading weevil.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardand...06weevils.html
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Old 04-26-2006, 07:10 PM
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I'm thinking flour beetles. Here's about getting rid of them: article.

Personally, I'd toss everything I currently have, clean really, really well, and make sure everything I bring into the house is stored in air tight containers or bags.
I've found that the little bastards can get inside bags, so go with airtight plastic containers. I had an infestation a few years ago, and it required a major poisoning campaign to stop it.
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Old 04-26-2006, 07:17 PM
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As to where they come from, sometimes the eggs are actually inside the packages when you buy them. It would be darn near impossible to get every tiny little bug egg out of a bin of grain. I have found them in old packages.

All it takes is a few, and there you go. Of course, if you use stuff up promptly you will never know you may have eaten a bug egg or two.

What you need to do is first throw out whatever container you found them in. Then go through everything in your pantry and throw out stuff that shows any sign of infestation, or if it's just plain old. Wash down the shelves well. Also, if you have something like flour that you want to keep for a while, put it in a well-sealed plastic bag and put it in the freezer. Even if that doesn't kill the pests, they will never hatch in there.
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Old 04-26-2006, 07:27 PM
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Thank you! It's the confused flour beetles!

Now I'm on a mission to eliminate them!
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