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Little red bugs in my flour

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I'm really very upset. I was going to make some lovely fresh bread for our tea tonight and I open a new packet of flour to find it crawling with little red bugs! I've never seen them before.

How did they get there? How do I never get them again?

Like I say this was a new packet and I've just checked all my other flour that had already been opened (and was perfectly fine until I put this packet on the shelf with them) and they were all infested too. I've had to throw the whole lot out which means no lovely fresh bread that I was really looking forward to :angry:

EDIT: UUrrghh!! I've just checked the other new unopened packets on the shelf and they too are infested. Has anybody else ever had this problem?

urrghhh I feel so itchy!!

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Yes. Put the flour in sealed containers as soon as you get it, instead of leaving it in the bags. And use the flour within its suggested date.

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Flour weevils - they get everywhere, little blighters. You'll need to throw every unopened packet of foodstuff in your cupboard away and start again. It's a good idea to keep your flour in tupperware so it's sealed. Most flours have the eggs in them as they're too little to be removed in the grinding/milling process. Add in a nice warm cupboard and leave your flour in there for a while and that's what you'll always get.

If you've got room, it's a great idea to keep packets of flour in your freezer. It doesn't actually 'freeze' or clump together, but it stops eggs hatching due to the temperature.

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Thanks for the link and tips. I'll have to do all the measures suggested. I can't afford to have infested flour. Grrr I'm so annoyed - and ITCHY!

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Back home my parents' cupboards had weevils for a long old time, they get in everything.

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would now be a good time to tell about the time I bit into a weetabix and THEN discovered the weevils?

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would now be a good time to tell about the time I bit into a weetabix and THEN discovered the weevils?

What's worse than a weevil in a Weetabix?

Half a weevil in a Weetabix!

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They can't be that harmful. Just bake with them in?!? Or surely they're too big to go through a sieve?

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You should let the store you bought the flour from know they had weevils, stands a good chance all theor flour is infected and they will have to take of the shelves, harmless little buggers but they get every where! Definatly wise to take all those precautions ;)

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You should let the store you bought the flour from know they had weevils, stands a good chance all theor flour is infected and they will have to take of the shelves

It might be a coincidence that she bought a new packet that day though - they might just have hatched from one of the old ones (like someone said, it usually all has eggs in) and colonised quickly.

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