How to Rid Dry Pasta of Weevils

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Weevils aren't harmful, but are unsightly and unwelcome in food.
Weevils aren't harmful, but are unsightly and unwelcome in food. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Weevils are a small type of beetle commonly found in grains that are stored in the pantry. Most often, weevils make their way into a home through the food you buy. Common items that weevils are found in include pasta, cereal, biscuits, dried fruit, pet food and bird seeds. One of the best ways to ensure your home has no weevils is to prevent them from making it into your pantry in the first place. Once they are already in the home, there are still ways to get rid of them.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner or broom
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Mop
  • Airtight containers
  • Bay leaves

Remove all open packages of food, including pasta, from your pantry. Discard that food. Empty the pantry out completely to clean it.

Vacuum or sweep all the shelves of the pantry. Throw away all the debris when you are done, and if you used a vacuum, change the bag.

Make a solution of two parts water and one part vinegar and pour it in an empty spray bottle. Spray down all the shelves in the pantry and wipe them with a sponge, getting every surface clean.

Clean the entire kitchen thoroughly, getting under and behind all of your appliances. Sweep and mop the floor.

Keep your kitchen clean to prevent reinfestation.

Place all dry pastas and boxed foods in the freezer for two days after you bring them home to kill any eggs or larvae inside.

Keep items such as dry pasta, flour, sugar and other grains stored in airtight containers.

Place bay leaves, which are a deterrent to weevils, in your pantry and around the kitchen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid buying large quantities of boxed foods you won't be eating for a while.
  • Keep counters and appliances clean and free of crumbs and other food debris.

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