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Old December 4th 04, 03:06 PM
Carol S.
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Hi,

I had a bag of brown rice in my pantry for a long time (over a year)
that was unopened. I finally decided to try it out, but when I poured
it into a pot, there were little brown bugs crawling around it, and
the rice grains were hollowed out. I threw it out, of course!

I'm pretty sure they were rice weevils, based on a google search. My
question is do I have to throw out everything in my pantry now? I
inspected a few other things and didn't see any signs of the bugs.
Could they have just come along in that bag of rice to begin with, and
then just stayed there? How can they live in a plastic bag for a
year with no air or water?

Thanks, Carol Scheible

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Old December 4th 04, 03:36 PM
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We had some bugs in rice, pasta,flour, threw it all away, then put flour in
the refrigerator, layed some bay leaves on the shelves in various areas of
the pantry and no more bugs, weevils.

Tom.


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Hi,

I had a bag of brown rice in my pantry for a long time (over a year)
that was unopened. I finally decided to try it out, but when I poured
it into a pot, there were little brown bugs crawling around it, and
the rice grains were hollowed out. I threw it out, of course!

I'm pretty sure they were rice weevils, based on a google search. My
question is do I have to throw out everything in my pantry now? I
inspected a few other things and didn't see any signs of the bugs.
Could they have just come along in that bag of rice to begin with, and
then just stayed there? How can they live in a plastic bag for a
year with no air or water?

Thanks, Carol Scheible



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Old December 4th 04, 03:48 PM
Edwin Pawlowski
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"Carol S." wrote in message
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I'm pretty sure they were rice weevils, based on a google search. My
question is do I have to throw out everything in my pantry now?


Nah, the weevils were in the rice when you bought it. They had a nice life
in the bag and probably never ventured out as they had plenty of good food
where they lived.

In the future, store large amounts of rice, flour, etc in the fridge or
vacuum seal it.


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Old December 4th 04, 03:53 PM
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Carol S. wrote:
Hi,

I had a bag of brown rice in my pantry for a long time (over a year)
that was unopened. I finally decided to try it out, but when I poured
it into a pot, there were little brown bugs crawling around it, and
the rice grains were hollowed out. I threw it out, of course!

I'm pretty sure they were rice weevils, based on a google search. My
question is do I have to throw out everything in my pantry now? I
inspected a few other things and didn't see any signs of the bugs.
Could they have just come along in that bag of rice to begin with, and
then just stayed there? How can they live in a plastic bag for a
year with no air or water?

Thanks, Carol Scheible


Although rare, it's possible that the bugs came with the bag. I
once bought a bag of 50 lb of rice and put it in a closet. Before
I had a chance to open the bag, bugs crawled out of it. For the
past 25 years, I typically buy 100 lb of rice a year. That's the
only bag that had problems.
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Old December 4th 04, 03:59 PM
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I went to Wall Mart and their black eye peas were infested with weavels.
They eventualy changed brands. Bugs come from the field. Brown rice
should always be freezed, the oils go rancid in apx 6 months. Bugs are
everywhere, If other products look fine, they are.

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Old December 4th 04, 04:03 PM
Joseph Meehan
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I had some friends who had a fix for that. They put the rice (or
whatever dry product) in a container that would hold water. Add a block of
dry ice on top and put a non-sealed top on it. After a couple of days the
COČ that flooded the container had killed off any bugs that might have been
in it.

I know it sounds bad, but you just don't get rice or flower or almost
any food without some bugs in it.

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Joseph Meehan

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Carol S. wrote:
Hi,

I had a bag of brown rice in my pantry for a long time (over a year)
that was unopened. I finally decided to try it out, but when I poured
it into a pot, there were little brown bugs crawling around it, and
the rice grains were hollowed out. I threw it out, of course!

I'm pretty sure they were rice weevils, based on a google search. My
question is do I have to throw out everything in my pantry now? I
inspected a few other things and didn't see any signs of the bugs. Could
they have just come along in that bag of rice to begin with, and
then just stayed there? How can they live in a plastic bag for a
year with no air or water?

Thanks, Carol Scheible


Although rare, it's possible that the bugs came with the bag. I once
bought a bag of 50 lb of rice and put it in a closet. Before I had a
chance to open the bag, bugs crawled out of it. For the past 25 years, I
typically buy 100 lb of rice a year. That's the only bag that had
problems.



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Old December 4th 04, 04:11 PM
John Smith
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Joseph Meehan wrote:
I had some friends who had a fix for that. They put the rice (or
whatever dry product) in a container that would hold water. Add a block of
dry ice on top and put a non-sealed top on it. After a couple of days the
COČ that flooded the container had killed off any bugs that might have been
in it.


Dead but still in the rice.

I know it sounds bad, but you just don't get rice or flower or almost
any food without some bugs in it.


Huh? Most rice are clean.
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Old December 4th 04, 04:24 PM
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"John Smith" wrote in message
Joseph Meehan wrote:
After a couple of days the COČ that flooded the container had killed
off any bugs that might have been in it.


Dead but still in the rice.


Protien. It's good for you.


I know it sounds bad, but you just don't get rice or flower or almost
any food without some bugs in it.


Huh? Most rice are clean.


Sure, I belive you. That is why we have government standards for how many
rodent hairs and excrement are allowed in our food.


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Old December 4th 04, 04:47 PM
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On Sat, 04 Dec 2004 15:24:40 GMT, "Edwin Pawlowski"
wrote:


"John Smith" wrote in message
Joseph Meehan wrote:
After a couple of days the COČ that flooded the container had killed
off any bugs that might have been in it.


Dead but still in the rice.


Protien. It's good for you.


I know it sounds bad, but you just don't get rice or flower or almost
any food without some bugs in it.


Huh? Most rice are clean.


Sure, I belive you. That is why we have government standards for how many
rodent hairs and excrement are allowed in our food.


Exactly.

I never throw out the bug infested product. The weevils fall out
when you sift them with a screen bottom can or flour sifter. No
problem.

Pj


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Old December 4th 04, 05:43 PM
rj
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We always leave flour, rice, or anything like that in the freezer for a
couple of days before storing it in the cupboard. Had a bad experience with
"pantry moths" a couple years ago. (in Alabama)
RJ
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Hi,

I had a bag of brown rice in my pantry for a long time (over a year)
that was unopened. I finally decided to try it out, but when I poured
it into a pot, there were little brown bugs crawling around it, and
the rice grains were hollowed out. I threw it out, of course!

I'm pretty sure they were rice weevils, based on a google search. My
question is do I have to throw out everything in my pantry now? I
inspected a few other things and didn't see any signs of the bugs.
Could they have just come along in that bag of rice to begin with, and
then just stayed there? How can they live in a plastic bag for a
year with no air or water?

Thanks, Carol Scheible



 




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