Singapore Expats Forum

Which bug is this?

Discuss about life in Singapore. Ask about cost of living, housing, travel, etiquette & lifestyle. Share experience & advice with Singaporeans & expat staying in Singapore.

Sponsored by:
Image
AE Logistics - Singapore Movers

User avatar
Mi Amigo
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1791
Joined: Sat, 19 Jun 2004
Location: Kinto Pino

Postby Mi Amigo » Sat, 19 Jan 2013 12:28 pm

Brah wrote:What about other foods? So far we have uncooked rice, pasta, wheat goods - anything else?

Good question; I'm guessing quite a lot else. Some friends of ours went on holiday for a couple of weeks, during which time their fridge/freezer failed. When they got back and looked inside, apparently it was like a scene from Alien with various bugs crawling around. Double Eeeeuuuwww!
Be careful what you wish for

User avatar
Brah
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1962
Joined: Sat, 18 Dec 2010

Postby Brah » Sun, 20 Jan 2013 9:38 pm

Am shamelessly bumping this to see if anyone (Lynx?) has more input as we've seen a few more critters where they shouldn't be.

Mi Amigo wrote:
Brah wrote:What about other foods? So far we have uncooked rice, pasta, wheat goods - anything else?

Good question; I'm guessing quite a lot else. Some friends of ours went on holiday for a couple of weeks, during which time their fridge/freezer failed. When they got back and looked inside, apparently it was like a scene from Alien with various bugs crawling around. Double Eeeeuuuwww!

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 35168
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004
Location: Still Fishing!
Contact:

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:11 pm

Brah & Mi Amigo, this should put you right off of home cooking permanently. But if it doesn't, remember bugs are over 90% protein, so actually are better than the carbohydrate/starches they inhabit.

http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources ... s304.shtml

User avatar
the lynx
Governor
Governor
Posts: 5272
Joined: Thu, 09 Dec 2010
Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location:

Postby the lynx » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 9:05 am

Brah wrote:Am shamelessly bumping this to see if anyone (Lynx?) has more input as we've seen a few more critters where they shouldn't be.

Mi Amigo wrote:
Brah wrote:What about other foods? So far we have uncooked rice, pasta, wheat goods - anything else?

Good question; I'm guessing quite a lot else. Some friends of ours went on holiday for a couple of weeks, during which time their fridge/freezer failed. When they got back and looked inside, apparently it was like a scene from Alien with various bugs crawling around. Double Eeeeuuuwww!


More of the same critter that you mentioned above? Or different critter this time?

By the way, just a reminder. This tropical climate calls for more serious food storage. This region is the place where you cannot leave your uncooked meat on kitchen counter for over one hour without getting the heinous stench (and having flies swarming over from miles away) and you cannot keep fruits (especially bananas) in open without having them rot few days faster than they would in temperate countries. And you cannot keep your uncooked linguine or spaghetti standing in open jars, nor you cannot store spices and ingredients in shake bottles without airtight lids.

Don't get me started on leather too...

User avatar
Brah
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1962
Joined: Sat, 18 Dec 2010

Postby Brah » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 9:51 am

the lynx wrote:
Brah wrote:Am shamelessly bumping this to see if anyone (Lynx?) has more input as we've seen a few more critters where they shouldn't be.


More of the same critter that you mentioned above? Or different critter this time?


Same type, but in a non-food location. All the food is in the fridge or in plastic boxes. What was in ziplocs are now in boxes JIC.

User avatar
Sergei82
Editor
Editor
Posts: 1455
Joined: Mon, 02 Nov 2009

Postby Sergei82 » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:19 pm

I saw those in dry oats here, in SG. Also buckwheat may have them, although people don't eat buckwheat in SG, it is common in my country though. :)

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 35168
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004
Location: Still Fishing!
Contact:

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:46 pm

Sergei, also in my country in certain areas. Especially buckwheat pancakes.

User avatar
the lynx
Governor
Governor
Posts: 5272
Joined: Thu, 09 Dec 2010
Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location:

Postby the lynx » Thu, 24 Jan 2013 2:02 pm

Brah wrote:
the lynx wrote:
Brah wrote:Am shamelessly bumping this to see if anyone (Lynx?) has more input as we've seen a few more critters where they shouldn't be.


More of the same critter that you mentioned above? Or different critter this time?


Same type, but in a non-food location. All the food is in the fridge or in plastic boxes. What was in ziplocs are now in boxes JIC.


I am honestly not sure of your situation, from here. But if you have a vacuum cleaner, do a nice vacuum-cleaning through your kitchen and every place you said you saw them, and make sure you go through crevices and gaps between floor joints, corners and frames.

That will remove EVERYTHING - bugs, eggs, moulted skins, carcasses or even minute traces of food that got them there. Hope that helps.

User avatar
Brah
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1962
Joined: Sat, 18 Dec 2010

Postby Brah » Thu, 24 Jan 2013 5:51 pm

the lynx wrote:I am honestly not sure of your situation, from here. But if you have a vacuum cleaner, do a nice vacuum-cleaning through your kitchen and every place you said you saw them, and make sure you go through crevices and gaps between floor joints, corners and frames.

That will remove EVERYTHING - bugs, eggs, moulted skins, carcasses or even minute traces of food that got them there. Hope that helps.

It does, thanks.

Maybe that will also help with the other critters, teeny-tiny white crawlies, they seem to live in the wood around the kitchen sink. They may be termites.

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Jan 2013 5:53 pm

Brah wrote:Maybe that will also help with the other critters, teeny-tiny white crawlies, they seem to live in the wood around the kitchen sink. They may be termites.


Oh yes, you have!

:o

User avatar
the lynx
Governor
Governor
Posts: 5272
Joined: Thu, 09 Dec 2010
Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location: Location:

Postby the lynx » Fri, 25 Jan 2013 1:41 pm

Brah wrote:
the lynx wrote:I am honestly not sure of your situation, from here. But if you have a vacuum cleaner, do a nice vacuum-cleaning through your kitchen and every place you said you saw them, and make sure you go through crevices and gaps between floor joints, corners and frames.

That will remove EVERYTHING - bugs, eggs, moulted skins, carcasses or even minute traces of food that got them there. Hope that helps.

It does, thanks.

Maybe that will also help with the other critters, teeny-tiny white crawlies, they seem to live in the wood around the kitchen sink. They may be termites.


Oops, you need to call a professional to do this...

User avatar
Brah
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1962
Joined: Sat, 18 Dec 2010

Postby Brah » Mon, 18 Mar 2013 6:56 pm

New pack of pasta from the supermarket in Paragon today, when boiled all the critters started coming out! Threw it all out so can't go back for a refund I suppose.

User avatar
rajagainstthemachine
Manager
Manager
Posts: 2825
Joined: Sat, 24 Nov 2012
Location: Singapore

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 18 Mar 2013 7:41 pm

Brah wrote:New pack of pasta from the supermarket in Paragon today, when boiled all the critters started coming out! Threw it all out so can't go back for a refund I suppose.



could have done a bear grylls act :lol:
To get there early is on time and showing up on time is late


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Staying, Living in Singapore”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest