Flour mites

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Dwarf

Flour mites

Anyone had a problem with these? I have just looked at my SR flour to see it moving! Its well within its best by date and I havent seen these before - they dont seem to be in my plain flour. Any ideas?

Gillian

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Yummy

Flour mites

"Anyone had a problem with these? I have just looked at my SR flour to see it moving! Its well within its best by date and I havent seen these before - they dont seem to be in my plain flour. Any ideas?

Gillian"

Hi Gillian, I have a problem with these little blighters too. Previous advice from here now sees my SR flour kept in the freezer until I need it, and my Plain/Strong bread flour, which I keep in an airtight container (they still got in there !!) I place a small bunch of dried bay leaves on top which seems to keep them at bay (forgive the pun). Think it was Sam of Worthing who posted that tip.
Hope this helps

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Chutney

bay leaves

Thanks for that tip about bay leaves, Yummy. There's no room in my freezer for the flour, but the airtight containers seem to be working. The bay leaves will be even better.

We went to Croatia in the summer and I bought some gorgeous dried figs. They put a bay leaf in each bag. perhaps that's to keep unwelcome visitors away too.

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Nausea Bagwash

Mites

"Anyone had a problem with these? I have just looked at my SR flour to see it moving! Its well within its best by date and I havent seen these before - they dont seem to be in my plain flour. Any ideas?

Gillian"

Throw the mite-y flour away and wash the container in very hot soapy water (or the dishwasher if you have one).It's a good idea to clean out the cupboards where you keep your flour, making sure you get in all the nooks and crannies.

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Nausea Bagwash

mites

Some useful info here:-

http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/index.php/chatroom/topic/433

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Linzechris

Mites

I keep my flour in the freezer too because of mites.I would like to simply pop a bay leaf in but wasn't sure if it would impart a 'flavour' to the flour. Does anyone know if it does?

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sam from worthing

mites

but i call them weevils.

so not 100 percent sure if its the same thing or not.

but what i do and it really seems to work, is to pop a bay leaf into each bag of flour - it seems to deter the little blighters.

In fact i have just looked at abag of bread flour that i have not used for some time as i ran out of yeast and keep forgetting to get some more and its still in very good condition - last time i used the flour has got to be around March time.

sammy

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sam from worthing

bay leaf in flour

does not change the flavour of flour in anyway shape or form.

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Linzechris

Thanks Sam

I will put some in my flour then. I call them Weevils too I presume they are the same thing.Wonder why they don't like Bay?

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Nausea Bagwash

mites

"I will put some in my flour then. I call them Weevils too I presume they are the same thing.Wonder why they don't like Bay?"

Various herbs were used for centuries to deter insects and fleas in the home

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Nausea Bagwash

Speculation.

I have a very old heavy oak sideboard in my kitchen and keep my baking ingredients in there.I never get mites, insects or spiders in anything in there and I wonder whether the tannin in the oak deters the little blighters.

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Jayne

Flour Weevils

You don't need to put bay leaves in with the flour - as advised on another site some time ago (I think it was Jeannine who pointed my in the right direction) simply hang a sprig of bay leaves in the cupboard and it should keep weevils at bay! I have done this for several years now and have not had the problem again.

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Nausea Bagwash

Klingon gagh

""does not change the flavour of flour in anyway shape or form."

Sam, I keep meaning to ask you about your little avtar... to me it looks like a plate of Klingon Gagh -- is that what it is? I should add that living on a boat with a small laptop this is possibly a mistake in which case please apologise to your in-laws if it is a photo of them! :))"

It's red chilis, Lemain, but it worries me too. Keep thinking it's worms!

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Karen77

Flour mites

Here's Matthew Fort's reply regarding flour mites in last Saturday's Guardian magazine:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/oct/23/weevils-egg-yolks-kidney-soup-recipe

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JaneMR

Flour mites

I came home from 2 months away to find dozens of tiny dead beetles all over the windowsills. Couldn't work it out until I found a bag of "Soup mix", dried lentils, pearl barley etc and found they had been in there and eaten their way out. Yuk! It makes me think that I had been eating the eggs until I found out. I have also found weevils in unopened bags of rice, so imagine it's just one of those things!

 
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