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Many natural non-heat treated products like grain, flour, beans, rice, etc. contain the eggs of insects. Upon storage in the home, over time, they can and do hatch and grow into adult insects. I have had insects hatch out in some unlikely natural products like crushed red pepper and dried beans. Now-a-daze, whenever I buy a new bag of rice, flour, or beans, it goes into the freezer for at least a week, usually more to kill off any insect eggs that it may contain. I also store my red pepper in the freezer along with my grits.

Recently, I found a package of flax seed that DW bought, used once and stored in a cupboard in the pantry that also contained boxes of crackers, instant oatmeal and breakfast cereal. Everything in that cupboard was alive with them pantry pests except the Morton’s “Tender Quick” cure and some citric acid that I also stored in there. Them bugs even ate into the sealed packages of Ritz & Keebler crackers and instant oatmeal, which I dumped outside for the birds & critters to eat.

C.J.V. - using "Pantry Pest Traps" (See; ) to get the adults dat escaped, me
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