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Flour weevils

Posted: Fri 17 Sep 2010 14:37
by Kappes
About a month ago I bought some flour from our corner shop. I very rarely use it, and placed the bag into a lidded container. To my horror, when I needed some a few days ago, the entire bag was alive with flour weevils, and I mean ALIVE !!
I have chucked every bit of dry food in the house, and washed every surface, kitchen units inside and out, fridge and cooker with neat bleach - I still have a few of the beasties every morning.
Goggle info suggested freezing replacements for a few days, they don't seem to be bothered.
Having a dog, I can't fumigate the kitchen.

Any ideas ?

Posted: Fri 17 Sep 2010 14:45
by polremy
No ideas, sorry.
But this happened to me once. I bought flour from the little corner shop and there were these crawly things in it the first time I opened it.
I took it straight back to the shop.
Little man just shrugged.
Can't remember if he gave me my money back.
Can't believe I would have wanted a replacement.

Posted: Fri 17 Sep 2010 14:56
by Sav
Hi Kappes :)

Plenty of info here ;) ... p?t=267932

Cheers Sav :)

Posted: Fri 17 Sep 2010 16:48
by Kappes
Thanks !!!

Posted: Sat 18 Sep 2010 07:36
by Roger O
Could possibly also be the Mediterranean Flour Moth if the larvae look like this:
Both the moths and the larvae are under 1cm in length.
They are very common!!
Here is one link: ... =907904924
Google Mediterranean Flour Moth for more info.
Picture (size is about 1=1 in the photo) shows typical infestation in flour:

Posted: Sat 18 Sep 2010 08:57
by Kappes
no, deffo weevils

Posted: Sat 18 Sep 2010 10:32
by russell
Roger O wrote:Could possibly also be the Mediterranean Flour Moth
We get those. We have stopped using clips on open packets and seal with sellotape instead. They still get in and are b*****s to get rid of!


Posted: Sat 18 Sep 2010 12:16
by Robert Ferrieux
As soon as I've bought ANY food (butter, flour, etc) I remove the wrapper & put the goods in a jar, fridge, or something . The wrappings have been in contact with heaven-knows-what (e.g. rat urine!). For tinned goods, so I give them a good wipe before putting them in the cupboard.


Posted: Sat 18 Sep 2010 13:40
by Santiago
This year I've found the flour moths hard to control. We bought some fly-paper type sticky pads which we stuck on the doors of the cupboards, it's pretty effective. Also recommend moving all dried goods into sealed jars upon opening.