How to Keep Flour from Getting Wormy

Weevils and moths are attracted to many food products including flour, and can lay eggs and infest your pantry or cupboard rapidly. The worms are the immature stage of the life-cycle of the pest.

Steps

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    Transfer flour or other product and store in air-tight containers as much as possible, or try to make sure that you properly seal packets. The cardboard box that the product was purchased in, may not be the best container to keep the pests out.
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    To completely keep moths out of the pantry, get rid of anything that is infested. Don't throw into the compost or in the garden (as the pests will mature into moths and fly back in) - burn if possible or wrap in paper and spray bundles before putting in the garbage bin.
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    Drop a few cloves or sprinkle Epsom salts in corners of cupboards or wardrobes to repel moths.
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    To keep weevils out of flour and stored grains, put a bay leaf in packet or container.

Tips

  • Moths love barley, rice and rolled oats.
  • Keep an eye on packets of dried fruits especially if not used frequently.

Article Info

Categories: Food Preservation Techniques