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Old 04-08-2011, 12:35 PM
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What are you doing about keeping the rice and flour bugs away, other than freezing?

We just went through our supplies, and it was unreal how many of those little flour bugs there were, again. We cleaned and made sure there were no visible bugs when we packed them. I know almost all flour has eggs in them when you buy it, we stored them in a cool, dry, and covered container, still we have them again. I don't have enough freezer space, and I really need some better containment ideas.
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We had our whole pantry infested with them. My wife went through and took everything even remotely grain-based (flour, crackers, dog biscuits, etc.) and packed them all in ziploc bags. Bug problem went away in about a week.
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All incoming dry goods go into the freezer for 24 hours. Problem eliminated by destroying the source of the bug larva/eggs.

If the house is infested, dry goods to freezer, bug bomb the house.
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I would recommend researching food grade diatomaceous earth for the bug problem.

Try http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

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https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/i...eous_earth.htm

Trying to freeze large / bulk quantities of grains can be a pain
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The simple solution is to get foodgrade 5 gallon buckets and lids. Then put in some oxygen absorbers, no oxygen no bugs. They are very cheap. PM me if you want some. I would be happy to send some your way.
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Sammy, Do you have more to spare? Thanks
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We vacuum seal our rice and flour in 2 qt mason jars and don't seem to have a bug problem. Maybe they don't survive the low pressure well?

If we leave rice or flour in their "original containers" for any length of time then we get those little moth looking things with the brown & white wings.
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I can get packs of 100 for $10.00. I use 5 for a 5 gallon bucket. I can ship to you if you like. They come from the LDS food storage center near my house. PM me if interested. Sammy
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Timely... we just tossed a very large tupperware container of flour because of all the bugs. I had to wait an extra 30 minutes for my Chocolate Chip cookies while went to the store for more!! Oh the pain!

I like the freezer idea.
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Here is an excellent article posted on Survival Blog:

Preventing Grain Spoilage by Insects

I like the dry ice / CO2 idea!
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Bugs can eat their way through cardboard and plastic bags. Buckets are OK but mice can eat through buckets. Metal barrels are OK but looters can get in those. Shipping containers are OK if booby trapped with claymores or so I have read, I have no direct knowledge.
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All incoming dry goods go into the freezer for 24 hours. Problem eliminated by destroying the source of the bug larva/eggs.

If the house is infested, dry goods to freezer, bug bomb the house.
Freezing Flour and Rice a few days when brought home works well for me.
Then keep in original packaging in cool dark place.

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I freeze all incoming dry goods as well. You don't need to "always freeze it" just give it 48h in the freezer and they will all be dead and you can go back to cool dry storage.
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I vacuum seal. But have parrots and the moths hatched in the bird food.

These moth traps work very well and I keep one in the pantry.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/bird-s...s/c/5059/20783
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