How Do I Get Rid Of Those Tiny Bugs That Get Into Flour and Sugar?

by admin on April 17, 2011

Question by bvhp415: How Do I Get Rid Of Those Tiny Bugs That Get Into Flour and Sugar?
I had flour and sugar in my cabinet, and discovered that there were a bunch of very tiny bugs crawling around inside the bags, and a few outside the bag. I threw them all away, took everything out of the cabinet, then cleaned the cabinet, then sprayed the cabinet with bug spray.

Since then I’ve put the sugar in the refrigerator, and some of the flour in a container. No bugs were found in the sugar, or in the container, but I recently found some in the flour that was in a bag, so I threw it out. I also found them in my box of graham crackers.

So my question is how do I get rid of them? I assume placing all my things in the refrigerator will prevent them from getting into my stuff, but I’d like to know how do I get them out of the cabinets.

Best answer:

Answer by OK
Just eat them. They are harmless and it will add a little protein to your diet.

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Kaylene April 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

The bug is a weevil, they can come in cake mix and corn muffin boxes. I heard once you can place the boxed cake mixes and flour in the freezer to kill them. Store any milled grain in the freezer to keep it fresh, also. They normally do not get into sugar. As for the flour you can place a bay leaf in the sack to ward them off. The graham crackers stored in an air tight container after opening them.


dawnb April 18, 2011 at 12:01 am

There are many bugs that infest food but grain beetles and drugstore beetles are the most prolific. Cleaning everything out and tossing what was infected is important but you need to put all grains including pastas, sugars, teas, etc. in air tight containers. Drugstore beetles also will infest potpourri bags. I repackage everything when I bring it home. Drugstore beetles are the worst as they will eat anything. You will know you have them if you find the little dead bodies on your window sills. So to be safe, just invest in airtight canisters. They make them in all sizes and shapes.


jean ann j April 18, 2011 at 12:35 am

You have to keep the food in air tight containers. I keep my flour in the freezer.

Wash where you keep the items with warm water and soap with a dab of vinegar, making sure you get in the edges. Bay leaves are noted to keep the beetles away.


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