[NAFEX] off topic: rice bugs
hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Wed Jan 12 10:00:51 EST 2011
Hi Ginda, We often have these bugs, sometimes the meal moth (worm),
sometimes weevil. We microwave them. It destroys bugs and eggs. Do some
sorting if it's a bad infestation. I'm sure we've eaten a few without
knowing it. Weevils have a pointed snout, lay eggs that hatch, etc. etc.
There is a trap for the meal moths that works well, but you have to renew
the attractant. I've seen them at Walmart. Hector Black
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ginda Fisher" <LIST at GINDA.US>
To: "NAFEX Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:42 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] off topic: rice bugs
>I often find narrow black bugs in my rice or other cereal products. They
>are probably some sort of weevil. We just opened a 5lb bag of rice, and it
>has a lot of them. Usually, I dump a new 5lb bag of rice into a nice metal
>tin, but I don't want to contaminate the tin with this infestation, nor do
>I want it to spread to the flour.
> The internet suggests throwing away the rice, but that seems awfully
> wasteful, and it's not that hard to rinse the rice before cooking it, and
> I'm certain they are harmless to eat if I miss a few. But I'd like to
> kill this colony so they don't spread. I wondered if "cooking" the rice
> by putting it in a heat-proof container in the oven would work, and if the
> rice would still cook properly with water later. Or microwaving it?
> Any ideas?
> in eastern MA, where we have a lot of snow today, and I have time to mess
> with the rice.
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