How to Get Rid of Grain Beetles
There are several kinds of insects that can be considered as pests. People see insects this way because of a variety of reasons. They simply wreak havoc and would feed on anything that they can find to eat. They do this even without any remorse although you can’t really blame them since it is in their nature and they are just trying to survive. So the next times that you open a sack of grain don’t be surprised to see grain beetles.
Grain beetles are small insects that resemble lice, although they do are not typically parasites. They are pests and there is a difference, but this doesn’t mean that they are not as destructive. Grain beetles can even be found inside packed grains which will surprise you once you open that sack of rice or flour.
Since grain beetles eat what we possibly eat, we should do what we can to get rid of them. Grain beetles can multiply and it will surprise you how many of them can be inside one sack of grain. If you don’t have any idea what to do with them, this is a list that can help you on how to deal with these little creatures:
Strain the grain to remove the beetles
One of the basic ways to get rid of grain beetles immediately is by straining them whenever you are ready to use the grain. Pour the sack of flour into the strainer and place a container underneath it to catch the strained flour. You will notice that the grain beetles will be left in the strainer. You should also consider pouring all of the contents of the sack to make sure that you have taken out all of them, preventing them from multiplying.
Check old packages of grains in your house
You may want to check old packages of grain in your house and see if there are any grain beetles in any of them. The package may have been damaged and opened. Unused grain packages can serve as food source for the beetles and they will go unnoticed if you don’t open these packages. They will be able to multiply even more if you don’t do anything about it.
If you find grain beetles and larvae inside a package, it may be possible that the other packages have been infested as well. So you may have to check each package one by one and get rid of the grain beetles from them. See if the grains have gone over the expiration date and get ready to throw them away.
Place the grain in a tightly sealed container
Do not trust the standard packaging of the grain, instead, after you buy a pack of grain, buy or get a plastic container where you can put or transfer the grain into. If you leave the grain in its original packaging, grain beetles will be able to find their way inside it and the rest will be history for your grains.
Chances are, you will not be using grains for long periods of time and the chances of grain beetles infesting it will be large. When you place grains inside plastic containers, this will lessen the chance of any insect from infesting your food. This will also prolong the shelf life of the grain which can maximize their value.