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05-11-2005, 10:40 PM
Just discovered some weevils in my pasta in my pantry and had to clear it out. Does anyone have any household tips on how to keep these pests out of food, especially stored grains?

I've heard of the "put dried chilly and garlic in the rice/pasta" tip. does it really work?

any other tips?

thank yooos.

06-11-2005, 12:05 PM

"Rice Weevil and Granary Weevil
The rice and granary weevil are pests of stored grain and seeds. They develop inside whole grain kernels as small, white, wrinkled, grub-like larvae. There is generally no external evidence that the larvae have been eating and growing inside the seed until after about one month when the adult weevil chews through the seed coat and emerges. The adult weevils are 1/8th inch long and have slender, hard-shelled bodies that appear pitted or scarred with tiny holes. They are brown to reddish brown in color. The rice weevil has four faint yellowish spots on the back of the abdomen. The granary weevil is uniformly colored with no spots.

Presence of rice or granary weevils inside the home usually indicates there is infested whole grain or seeds. This may be food seeds or beans in the cupboards, popcorn, saved garden seeds, dried seed decorations, decorative Indian corn, "bean bags," old grain-based mouse bait, or other stored seeds.

Rice and granary weevils are harmless to people, houses, furniture, clothing and pets. They cannot bite or sting and they do not carry diseases. They will not feed on furniture, the house structure or other items. The harm they do is destruction of the seeds they infest and the annoyance of being in the wrong place.

Control requires locating and eliminating the infested whole grain. Small quantities of grain can be "saved" by controlling the weevils with heat or cold. Heating grain to 140 degrees F for 15 minutes or freezing at 0 degrees F for 3 days will kill all stages of weevils in the grain. Larger quantities may require disposal or professional fumigation.

Cupboards or shelves holding infested items should be emptied and thoroughly vacuum cleaned, paying special attention to cracks and corners. Insecticide sprays are not recommended for controlling insects in stored food cupboards. Washing shelves with detergent, bleach, ammonia or disinfectants will not have any effect on insect pests. As a precaution against reinfestation, you may want to store susceptible foods in sealable glass, metal or heavy plastic containers or in the refrigerator or freezer until you are convinced the infestation is gone."

I got rid of the problem in my rice container by.. NOT using a container, but freeze the WHOLE bag of 5kg or 10kg rice in the freezer, eheheheh! And of course, keep opened pasta packages in the fridge. No more bugs!

Actually the weevil eggs will be destroyed if u freeze them for 3-4 days but I'm not willing to take any chances :D :p

Tried dried chillies but not very effective after a while, I suppose u need to change the chillies rather frequently to be effective.

06-11-2005, 03:43 PM

what happened when you froze your rice? the weevils became frozen and died? so you still had to wash them out after that, right?

also read about the basil leave trick, which apparently is practised in the states. but i thinks basil leaves in malaysia ain't so cheap eh?

06-11-2005, 05:07 PM
I freeze the rice right after I bring it home from the supermarket, so there is no chance for the weevils to start growing at all.

If already grow inside your sack/container, either wash it out or throw the whole lot away if the infestation is bad... the thought of eating rice/pasta infested with bugs which left white little chunks of 'uknowwhat' just makes me wanna puke. :p

06-11-2005, 08:27 PM
wow, u must have a pretty big freezer then to free 5/10kgs of rice.

06-11-2005, 11:01 PM
In the days of sailing ships, sailors eat the weevils together with the grains as they are a good source of protein. :p

17-11-2005, 02:57 PM
I keep my rice, flour and pasta in the fridge too. Used to buy a 10kg pack rice during Chinese New Year. As Chinese believe that all our food container should be filled to the brim to ensure the family will have food throughout the year and easy to earn a living. However, my family consume minimal rice. After 3 months, I would get weevil in my rice.

Nowadays I stop this practice. Would only buy 1kg rice (which would last us for a maximum of 4 months) and keep them either in the fridge or freezer. This is a better way than using dried chillies. The dried chillies method doesn't work for me.

17-11-2005, 03:15 PM
Err...the way Orchi sees it...should the rice grains that we buy comes out clean as a whistle all the time...ahem...that could mean that the folks have 'applied' to much insecticide...pesticide...n bleaching agent...into those rice grains... :eek:

Err...so...what's with the problems...huh?...having few ants or weevils in your rice grains or pasta...shouldn't be that much of a deal...should it?

Ahem...having said that...did ya also know by now...that in those countless many godowns or factories locally or otherwise overseas...where they pack n produce them rice...corn...beans...nuts...seeds...n other grains etc etc...most likely they got them huge freaking roaches...n rodens(got rats would attract snakes wan:D) making their living...n doing their bizness amongst the piles of grains? :eek:

17-11-2005, 04:53 PM
In the days of sailing ships, sailors eat the weevils together with the grains as they are a good source of protein. :p

True ppl eating all sort of animails and all sorts of six legged insects nowdays including roaches beetles bugs as source to cure ailments and as a aphrodisiac. So no harm will come to you if you accidentily consume these weevils and rice bugs...do you know what really goes in your food at the restuarants. yaks!!! :eek:

17-11-2005, 11:46 PM
LOL! :D True.. true... there shd be no harm from accidentally eating weevils in our grain ... but any bug that consumed food surely has 'excreted' into its own pile of food. :p Most ppl surely don't want to eat all that weevil p*e and weevil sh*t left in the rice, hahahaha :D GROSSED OUT!

17-11-2005, 11:50 PM
Yikes, weevils in my pasta!

Err...hear none...see none...feel none...n taste none! :p