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Old 11-01-2011, 07:37 AM
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When I buy bulk flour I move it to a set of plastic food storage "canisters" (various sizes) that facilitate freezing to kill the larva/eggs. After a few days of freezing I find the canisters (which have tight, sealing lids) can be stored at room temperature for extended periods with no problems.

I am now freezing the linen and linen liners I use on my bannetons for bread making to reduce weevils also. (The one curse of weekly to biweekly breadmaking!)
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:02 AM
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I am now freezing the linen and linen liners I use on my bannetons for bread making to reduce weevils also. (The one curse of weekly to biweekly breadmaking!)
From now till March all I need to do is keep everything outside. Freezing things is not a problem in winter in Minnesota.

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Old 11-01-2011, 09:59 PM
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We have all of a sudden what my son terms "pantry moths", never seen or had them before, any open packet gets larvae like maggots in them, and when they pupate they leave silky strings all through the affected food.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:47 AM
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I have had a few of those nasty things paying me a visit in the past too.

I buy flour from the local agent and it's always very fresh. In the colder months I buy 2 x 12.5 kg bags but tend to reduce that to 1 bag in Summer to minimise the possiblity of bugs breeding in it.

I guess it's just one of the risks associated with the exciting job of pizza making.
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We have all of a sudden what my son terms "pantry moths", never seen or had them before, any open packet gets larvae like maggots in them, and when they pupate they leave silky strings all through the affected food.
We had an infestation about 8 years ago when my wife's sister gave us her pantry supplies upon moving out of town. They got into everything grain related, oats, wheat, flour, rice, cereal etc.

We threw out lots of food for about 6 months until we finally got rid of them.

Here we call them meal moths.

Full cleaning and destruction of any suspect food was the thing that finally got rid of them. The egg pods seem unaffected by insect sprays or foggers. The moths and larve will die but the food is not usable if invaded IMO.

They seemed to be able to get into closed containers but at that time we did not try zip bags, thanks for the hint should we get them again.

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them.

Here we call them meal moths.
Just done a google, yep thats them, you can get traps I found on google too.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:11 PM
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After googling I realized the attractant was some dry corn for seed I had hanging up in the pantry, I grabbed it down and out flew some moths.

A while ago my wife opened a pack of rice crispies out of our pantry and the whole packet was wriggling with the maggots.

Ive ordered some traps.
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I set one of the sticky traps I got off ebay and caught 12 moths from the pantry in 1 night.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:49 AM
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I set one of the sticky traps I got off ebay and caught 12 moths from the pantry in 1 night.
You have a serious infestation. Good Luck.

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Old 11-09-2011, 01:25 PM
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We constantly fight meal moths. They arrive in bags of seed we buy for our parrots. I keep all flours, meals, and bulk seeds in the freezer and use the moth traps during warm weather.
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