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Published on July 21st, 2013 | by Tom


How to Get Rid of Weevils in Pantry

Never be mercy to the small creepy crawlies. They can cause significant damage to harvested grains that are being stored and may drastically decrease yields. So, if you found the weevils in your pantry, try the following methods to get rid of them, or they will ruin your pantry.

Before you put items in your pantry, there is something you can do to stop weevils. Put all the things that prone to weevils into the freezer for four days, which can effectively kill the weevils. As for the things that can’t be stored in the freezer, you can put them in sealable glass or plastic canisters for four days.

If you find your pantry was already invaded and there were food contaminated, just calm down and following our steps.

  • Step 1— Remove all of the food from the pantry or cabinet, including contaminated ones or that might be contaminated.
  • Step 2— Throw away all the contaminated food and put the ones that you don’t sure in freezer for four to five days to kill the flour weevils and stop infestation.
  • Step 3— Check your cabinet if there are some cracks. If there is, seal any cracks which will prevent weevil infestation.
  • Step 4— Clean your cabinet and containers thoroughly with hot water and cleaner, vinegar and soap water can be used here. If you have shelf paper, replace them with new ones.
  • Step 5— Put everything back to your pantry. Make sure they have been frozen for four days and be stored in sealed bags or glass.

Tips & Warnings 

  • Weevils dislike bay leaves. You can put a whole bay leaf inside each container or you can crush the leaves and spread them inside your pantry. A book of matches and brand new nails works well too.
  • If you decide to use insecticide to treat weevil, make sure all the food are removed from the cabinet first.
  • Buy small amount of food and eat them timely. When you buy the food, you should check whether they are affected by the weevils first.

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