We have all encountered the unpleasant presence of cockroaches or ants in the kitchen and quickly took a measure. We call the fumigator (Pest Control Operator) of our consortium, or we buy an insecticide spray at the supermarket. The results in general are good and we solve the problem.
Sometimes insects are still seen and when we take the trouble to look at them better we realize that they are … weevils.
They also surprise us one Sunday night when we open the last packet of noodles and they make us go out to buy the emergency pasta with the boiling water waiting for us.
Then in that case we re-apply aerosols and they do not disappear.
What to do?
It is best to call the pest control company and describe the situation.
A company that has qualified professionals the first thing you will ask is a sample of insects. Several specimens must be captured, be careful not to break them and enclose them in a small glass or plastic container. These insects will be analyzed with a magnifying glass of high magnification and it will be possible to identify the species.
The company can thus give the consorcist a result: Bread beetle, Lesser grain borer, Rice weevil, Spider beetle, Pantries beetle, Large flour beetle, Grain weevil, Confused flour beetle etc. etc. this will be followed by a rare and elegant name such as “Stegobium paniceum” and it will be recommended to fumigate to solve the problem.
Actually before fumigating or applying insecticides inside our kitchen furniture what we should do is at our fingertips and we would be saving time, money and also avoid the application of a chemical product with our food.
– a) Check one by one the containers of noodles, rice, flour, semolina, polenta, etc. etc. and identify the edible that has originated the population of weevils and verify if there are others that have been contaminated.
– b) Place them in a polyethylene bag, make a secure knot and throw them into the waste basket.
– c) Empty the cupboards and thoroughly clean the shelves, hinges, and walls of the furniture.
– d) Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up every last one of these unpleasant arthropods.
As a preventive measure we recommend not buying large quantities of food in diets beyond what we will consume within 10 to 15 days as they are generally harmless egg carriers. The noodles, rice, legumes, polenta etc. which are already packaged must be consumed respecting the expiration date and once opened it is convenient to store them in plastic or glass containers with airtight lid so that if they are carriers of insects, they are enclosed and do not scatter on all sides.
Finally it is worth noting that in other cultures these weevils are not separated from the food in question and are consumed as part of the animal protein quota that is needed for the vegetarian or lacto-vegetarian diet. Not only do they not produce damage, they are also essential.
We live in the West, in Argentina and for now while we can continue eating food without bugs.
For being a specialist in Pest Control while writing this note I think that maybe I can lose some work, but on the other hand the information provided correctly always in the long run has given us more work in other areas.