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Bug infestation in your cereals keep an eye out.

Post by QRM » Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:04 am

Just looked into a packet of Jones the grocers chick peas (sell by date 2011) and it was full of little bugs, I search through my whole cupboard and found more bugs in an unopend packets of Setaro Pasta both recently purchased from Jones at Dempsy hill branch.

I know there are some out there that will say thats a good sign as it show they dont use pesticides and it proves it all very organic etc. For me I only like my sushi walking off my plate, everything else I eat should be still and preferably dead.

I will be taking both product in for a refund and compensation for the fumigation I now have to carry out in the house.

While on the subject of fumigation, our resident expert SMS, what is the best option and stuff for spraying into kitchen cabinets?

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Post by beppi » Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:23 am

These are weevils. Very common here, especially in goods imported from temperate places (where they don't need to take precaution for them).
They are harmless and can be washed out or eaten with the food. If you are vegetarian or have other objections, you might want to stick to local produce, which mostly has weevil-proof packaging, or inspect a package thoroughly in the shop and then consume it quickly.
I also hear they are very difficult to get rid off, once in a kitchen, but we never had a problem (we never use chemicals).

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:54 am

After completely emptying the cupboards, most any insecticide like Bayer will do although I don't recommend spraying anything as it leaves a residue and lingering odour. About the best thing to use is the treated cupboard paper. Spraying has the distinct possibility of infusing anything that is already open and as it's closed up in the cupboards it might cause lingering odours.

The only other option is fumigation using a commercial gassing solution but this can only be done by a licensed fumigation company (we are not in the fumigation business). But again all surfaces that might come into contact with food need to be covered. The house/room needs to be sealed up and vacated for a minimum of 4 hours for these type of things and bedding/cloth seating surfaces, e.g., couches, must be covered as well. I don't recommend this solution as here in Singapore housing is too open (porous) so it's a temporary solution at best unless you are fumigating to get rid of a bedbug infestation - then it's the ONLY solution that will work - just fumigating your bedlinen/mattresses doesn't work as they will not only be there but in cracks, nooks & crannies all over the room.

You can get insect repellent cupboard liner paper in most stores than handle kitchen supplies.

It's from the US, but it's still valid...

http://www.ehow.com/how_4920823_pest-co ... tchen.html
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Post by ksl » Fri, 12 Nov 2010 9:15 pm

Being in the F&B I discovered that most agricultural grains and cereals have weevils or their eggs, which hatch out after packing though harmless, i agree with you dead is better.
A Taiwanese friend here is selling a special hopper to farmers, that kill all bugs and their eggs, it microwaves them, no idea what they taste like :lol: I don't look for them as i know i might find them.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Sat, 13 Nov 2010 8:04 am

beppi wrote:These are weevils. Very common here, especially in goods imported from temperate places (where they don't need to take precaution for them).
They are harmless and can be washed out or eaten with the food. If you are vegetarian or have other objections, you might want to stick to local produce, which mostly has weevil-proof packaging, or inspect a package thoroughly in the shop and then consume it quickly.
I also hear they are very difficult to get rid off, once in a kitchen, but we never had a problem (we never use chemicals).
If you look carefully you will see that some weevils are larger and some are smaller.

The smaller ones are the lesser of two weevils. 8-)

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Post by EADG » Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:00 pm

Nice one.

And the ones with funny little ties are bo weevils.
Strong Eagle wrote:If you look carefully you will see that some weevils are larger and some are smaller.

The smaller ones are the lesser of two weevils. 8-)
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Post by BigSis » Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:30 pm

I put stuff like flour and rice into the fridge or freezer because we've occasionally had weevils in them if they've been around for a while (not usually in unopened stuff though).

We also had an ant problem for a while but it's died down again now, but I had to put breakfast cereal, sugar and all sorts of things in the fridge when that was going on.

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Post by QRM » Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:53 pm

Jones never replied to my emails so took it along to them, I stuck the packet in a tupperware box and a few days later I am stunned at how many there are now! Kid loves it like her own little sim city.

Anyway Jones gave my money back, and these days I have a careful look for any movement in each spoon full of Museli before I eat it.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 16 Nov 2010 4:51 pm

BigSis wrote:...I had to put breakfast cereal, sugar and all sorts of things in the fridge...
SOP at my house... except for the sugar... have a sealed lid sugar bowl... an Ikea special.

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Post by BigSis » Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:30 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
BigSis wrote:...I had to put breakfast cereal, sugar and all sorts of things in the fridge...
SOP at my house... except for the sugar... have a sealed lid sugar bowl... an Ikea special.
Yes, I've got one of those now and it seems to be working, but I still put sugar for cooking in the fridge because I don't use it as often and at least I know it'll be bug-free when I do go to use it.


I found a cockroach in the sugar once and got all grossed out, chucked it all away and then my youngest daughter owned up to putting it in there...........it was a rubber roach that she'd bought at the joke shop LOL, kids eh, but it was very realistic looking :lol:

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