Update!

Jul. 14th, 2013 06:00 pm
telophase: (L - ill)
I believe I have found Patient Zero for the weevil infestation: a box of Torino farfalline pasta. The sell-by date is November 2013, but when I turned it around and looked at the window in the box, it looked like it was covered in mold. After staring at it in fascination for a while, I realized that it wasn't mold, it was pasta dust from the MYRIAD OF HOLES GNAWED IN THE PASTA, so much so that they resembled lace. And then I saw a weevil crawl by.

The box is now being terminated with extreme prejudice and the only reason that it is not on fire is that I do not currently own a flamethrower.

So far I've found evidence of weevils in only one other thing: a half-eaten box of Triscuts, and even then it was only one. I'm tossing everything that we can easily replace, and setting aside other stuff to freeze for a week to kill anything that might have gotten in, and then I'm going to scrub down the pantry shelves and walls with a bleach solution.

And now I have to go quietly freak out as I now think every little breath of air or brush of a hair against my skin is a bug.
telophase: (Default)
Looks like we've got weevils. Yay!

I ahve now taken the chili powders* and herbs & spices and thrown them in the deep freeze for a week Just In Case (there's a lot of things there weevils won't touch but, you know, belt and suspenders), and am about to go through the rest of the stuff in the pantry to see what I can just toss (heavily wrapped in double plastic as recommended by the OSU ag extension service advisory I dug up, as it seems they can chew holes in plastic AWESOME), and what are expensive ingredients we bought for the gluten-free cooking tests and thus will freeze for a week to kill things.

The weevils appear to be staggering across the kitchen floor and promptly expiring, so I guess some residue left from the last time exterminators came through is active, which is good, although their mere presence is still AUGH.




* You know we're Texans: we have MULTIPLE chili powders in the pantry. Plus no control over my body.

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