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Flour bugs: what to do if they are in your closet
Small bugs, if wound up in cereal or flour, can cause a lot of trouble. Firstly, the products where they settled will have to be thrown away, since the pests certainly laid their eggs in them, and secondly, it is very difficult to get rid of them.
Still, there are several effective ways to combat these pests. You will learn about them by reading this article.
There are several types of insects that can ruin your food supply:
- grain grinders - unfortunately, they live in bakeries and bakeries. Their food is dry bread products: crackers, gingerbread, biscuits, dryers. They enter the house with purchased affected products. They are small in size, up to 3 millimeters, light brown in color. They fly very well and have a habit of flying into the light. In the apartments where they are found, they can be found on the windowsills. They eat not only bread products, but also dry herbs, tea, coffee, bird food and even books;
- ginger flour eater - feeds on wet rotten flour and grain. Inhabits mills, grain warehouses, warehouses of large stores, where the storage regime for cereals and cereals is not observed. You can bring it into the house with low-quality feed or cereals.
They look like small red bugs. They quickly die at home, as they cannot eat dry ingredients;
- the flour beetle is the most frequent and dangerous inhabitant of kitchen cabinets. It is a small insect, up to 4 millimeters, red-brown in color, slightly shiny. They usually live in flour, semolina, starch, but they can spread throughout the kitchen and hit a variety of products. They easily penetrate into loosely closed containers with cereals and other loose components. Favorite food: wheat and rye flour, semolina, rolled oats. But they can damage buckwheat, rice, dried fruits. They multiply very quickly, laying their eggs in products. Affected components become dangerous to humans, as they can provoke allergies or, in combination with mold, cause poisoning;
- The food moth is a very harmful insect that can spoil a lot of food in a short time. It is a small butterfly, gray or light brown in color. It multiplies very quickly and contaminates any food from flour and cereals to tea, jam and others. Most of all, it affects dry components: nuts, dried fruits, legumes. Take her outit is difficult, since its larvae develop quickly and the adult moths are immediately ready to reproduce.
What to do if bugs are in the flour or cereal?
- Having found bugs in flour, cereals or other products, it is necessary to get rid of spoiled products. Unfortunately they cannot be eaten. If you feel sorry for throwing away stocks of cereals, then you can cook it and feed it to poultry. You just need to do this as quickly as possible so that bugs do not infect all your food and food supplies for birds;
- Then it is necessary to thoroughly wash all dishes and wash all kitchen textiles: towels, tablecloths, napkins that have come into contact with food where pests have been found. Banks where contaminated flour and cereals were stored must be washed and disinfected;
- You should also rinse all kitchen cabinets thoroughly with dish soap or vinegar. To get rid of pests completely, this procedure must be done several times.
Mistresses at all times fought uncompromisingly against these kitchen pests. Over the years, methods have been developed to get rid of flour bugs. If there are bugs in your flour reserves, you can resort to folk remedies. They are simple and often give good results.
- if there are bugs in your kitchen, you need to do the following: put small jars with chopped bay leaves in the washed cabinets;
- soak small pieces of paper or cotton pads with lavender oil and arrange them in the cupboards;
- grandmother's trick - put a washed steel nail or screw on the bottom of the jar with cereals. The bugs won't start!
- common garlic helps to fight bugs. Spread the slices in the places where the pests have been found.
- These insects do not like the smell of cloves, mint, allspice.
Preventive measures: how to store flour and cereals so that bugs don't get in them
Above, it was described in detail why bugs start in cereals, grain products and flour. So that they never appear in your kitchen, you need to choose the right products when buying and, of course, store them correctly.
In order to avoid bugs in your kitchen, follow these simple rules when buying and storing flour and cereals:
- if the packaging allows, then carefully inspect the product in the store. Smell it for a musty smell. This will exclude the purchase of products affected by the red mucoid and other insects;
- storing food in glass, plastic, metal jars and boxes with tight lids will protect them from being hit by bugs;
- bugs can enter your closets when they enter the kitchen with food for birds and pets. For example: hamsters. Store food and food separately from each other. Do not let them touch.
- and withThe most important recommendation. Do not create large stocks of flour and cereals in your home kitchen cabinet, do not store them for a long time.
- if the bugs are still wound up in flour or cereal, wage an uncompromising struggle with them.
We hope that knowing why pests start in the kitchen and how to deal with them will help you if bugs start in flour or cereals. Until next time!