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Bugs on the top of pantry

We have a separate wood pantry where we keep all of our dry food. Last night, I was reorganizing and cleaning the top and I found a couple tiny little black bugs. I only saw like 4 or 5 of them. Our flour and sugar are both in plastic containers with lids. Our cereal is on top of our fridge and I've never seen any over there. I've also never seen any inside of the pantry and I'm always in there. What could it be? I've read about "weevils" but everything I see talks about infestations. Last time I cleaned the pantry, I saw a couple on top of it then too, but never more than a few. Could there be an infestation somewhere. We searched the plastic containers just in case and we don't see anything. Any ideas?


Asked by BridgetC140 at 3:27 PM on Jan. 4, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • We always called them pantry bugs and they come in with dry goods. Check your cake mixes, baking mixes, flour, sauce mixes, dry pasta, etc. (They will even get into dry hot cocoa or salad dressing mix!) Anything that has them, toss. Anything that DOESN'T, chuck into a bag and freeze for one week. The freezer time will kill any possible eggs.

    To prevent reinfestation, immediately freeze any dry goods for a week as soon as you bring them home as a preventative measure. Also transfer your dry goods to GLASS jars with tight sealing (preferably silicone gasketed lids). They will get past anything plastic or glued shut and they chew through anything paper or foil-lined.

    Answer by geminilove at 6:23 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Termites?

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:28 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Not termites.
    Might be small cockroaches.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 3:29 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Cockroaches? EEK! Those would definitely be reproducing wouldn't they? These things are almost as small as fleas. My kitchen is super clean and I've never seen a bug anywhere else in the house. I also live in a nice neighborhood, so I have no fears of roaches spreading from a neighbors house.

    Comment by BridgetC140 (original poster) at 3:32 PM on Jan. 4, 2011