Or at least my pantry does.
You get a little food in the pantry, feel like you'll be all set even if money is a little tight...and God sends a freaking infestation of bugs to wipe out what little food you've just purchased.
What did I do to deserve this plague?
My two things today are:
1. Identify the little fuckers
2. Eradicate the little fuckers
They are about the size of a pencil lead, are round, and brown. They seem beetle-ish and have no easily seen legs, antenna, or other features. Just like annoying round dots that drill holes through cereal and dog bones.
Sounds like fun, huh?
I cleaned my hubby's car yesterday and I think I found those same damn bugs! Pretty gross.
Sounds like mites. They come in your food! :(
Poor Ashley...you have shit for luck sometimes..lol....make a game out of it and get LK and BK to take a hammer to them...granted you probably won't have a pantry left after it but the bugs should get the message to get the hell out of dodge and go infiltrate your neighbors home....
There are so many species of grain beetles it's ridiculous. Companies take every precaution, but these little effers are born to find their way into products and unfortunately, it's more common in the south.
Make sure you discard everything out of your home, but before you do, you know "in your spare time" today, call the companies and tell them what happened. I bet most of them will send you a product replacement coupon (they may want some info from the package). The worst they can do is say no and you can hang up on them. ;) That might help with the cost.
One other thing, going forward. Our Entomologist suggests storing any grain product in your freezer for 48 hours (in case any have stopped by to lay eggs GROSS, it will kill those) and then in airtight containers or the refrigerator.
On the bright side YAY you get to visit the Container Store. ;)
Good luck on this. We were just homeless for three weeks because of a flea infestation. Well, we were living in a hotel, but whatever. We were displaced.
I couldn't even come in the house until it was professionally deep cleaned because I'm allergic to the spray.
It was such fun.
My exterminator dude told me to always keep pet food products in sealed containers like Rubbermaid or Tupperware. I suspect that's where they came from- the dog bones.....
So sorry! Had the same thing happen to me with cat food.
sounds like you have some kind of pantry beetle - try this site: What's That Bug.
Yeah, have fun with that. YUCK! That sucks. Big ones. Sounds like you have weevils. We get them from time to time here, too. Grosses me out!
They sound like nitebugs. They come out this time of year. I have the on my lanai. Not in the house...Thank God! Are their bodies segmented? Good luck!
I remember those fuckers!! We used to get them at my parents house! I hate them. OK you have to definetly make a trip to the container store and buy some airtight containers...look on the bright side, your pantry will look SO cute after. Good luck! xo
Those sound like Bol Weevels. They love flour and the like. Keep your flour in the fridge to stave them off. Tupperware and Rubbermaid are you friends. BTDT. Sorry.
Just think of them as extra protein.
The other day I read a little something that should lighten your day......why the hell didn't Noah step on those bugs!
Bengal Gold Roach Spray. Use it, it works. Don't buy the cheap shit. Buy the one with the shiny gold cap.
It's about $10 a can but it works.
"... and that's the second time I got crabs"
A quote from Super Troopers
LOL Kimberly. I love Super Troopers.
New pantry containers does sound fun, and I've been really wanting to get it all organized and buy cute stuff so it looks good in there. I would be willing to get right on shopping for cute new containers.
However, little kid is in bed now and I do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, want to go deal with a bug infested pantry. I just prefer to do nothing instead.
lceel, I'm fairly certain I've probably unknowingly eaten one of those nasty things, or their larva, and I just have to think of it as protein or I will never ever eat again.
Jason, should I spray roach spray, even expensive roach spray, in the pantry where we store our food though? Even if I remove all the food, spray it and then put all my new stuff in there, it seems like a bad idea to spray chemicals there.
Am I a total dreamer to think a good vacuuming, wiping down, and cutting off the food supply is going to do the trick?
and who is going to do all of that work?
Sounds like a job for The Dish Fairy. Or does she only do dishes? Maybe she has a connection with..hum..The Pantry Fairy? I would start networking with The Fairies. Must be someone to take care of this job for you. Then you can get back to important things like drinking and posting. :)
Use some Aquanet hairspray...betcha it would work just as good as Jason's Power Spray...that some powerful shit ..my nana used to use it...she could have run into a brick wall withher head and it wouldn't have budged....can we all tell that I am VERY bored at work today??
Glad I'm not alone - we have been taken over by fleas! I am going freaking insane. I am sore from vacuuming.
dh used to do commercial pest control, and we have a nice stash of things that, ahem, fell off his truck, so those bastards are messing with the wrong woman.
I second not using chemical bug spray where you store your childrens food if possible. That said, it might have to be done.
I think you should spray them with Lysol, thats what I use to kill bugs at my house. It's obviously still a chemical though....
when we first moved into our house, we had a, um, "waterbug" problem - majorly - because of the trashy damn neighbors (okay, we did not know they were trashy - we thought that the tarp over their garage door meant they were renovating...now there is a tarp on the front door, too & a hole in their house from the ice storm, but anyways...). so my hubby sprayed inside & outside all our kitchen cabinets (along the edges only) with some hard-core bug-killer spray (it will numb your skin if you touch it, permanently, he has a toe he still can't feel) and when it dried we put our food & dishes in - he said it was okay. it was like magic. we dont have any bug problems, although the neighbors are still trashy, but better since we call the cops a lot, and 3 years later we havent died from the bug spray. you definately need to put your dry pet food/bones/treats in air-tight containers and pref away from human food (unless you are one of the freaks that eats pet food - i have seen it on tv, but mostly thats homeless people), we found that also helps like magic, bugs are attracted to pet food.
i must admit i went to my own pantry and cleaned up, searched for traces of nasties, and ended up throwing out some probably-ok oatmeal. i am an anti-bug person, i hate them & i cant sleep if i start to think they might crawl in my ears and lay eggs. hope this helps!
Spray the Bengal in there... the food is packaged. It'll be fine... that is if you want the bugs to disappear for a minimum of 6 months.
I flash-froze a spider once (see my blog post) with a can of compressed air I use to clean my keyboard. That was pretty fun. Cheap too, as I'd stolen the compressed air stuff from work. Just throwing that out there.
For those of you with a flea problem, put a flea collar in your vacuum bag (if you still own one with a bag). It should help.
Ashley, I have no idea what those bugs are, I don't have any suggestions either. Good luck with it!!
Well... we have a giant mouse who comes to visit every night.. he has managed to elude every single trap my Hubs set.. so I was able to go to K-Mart (not a Tupperware store because I don't know of any and Martha Stewart has some good shit) and I bought all new fun plastic containers! I don't have a pantry, but they're all nicely displayed on my bakers rack.
Sorry about your luck- bugs really are no fun and have no business on this Earth, IMO.
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