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May 10, 2006 11:18 AM

Pantry moths/rice bugs: whats the problem?

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The recent posts on pantry moths and bugs in rice have got me wondering. I too have the moths and, yes, they are a mild nuisance buzzing around. I have found not bugs but tiny larvae in my jasmine rice from Thailand. (I assumed these were what recent poster meant by bugs.) I know that larvae will eventually ruin nuts, grains, etc. if in plastic bags or containers so I keep these in glass jars with tight lids or in the freezer. Moths are still around, however. But so what?

I mean are they harmful to health or merely an aesthetic annoyance? It is easy to scoop the tiny rice larva off the water by soaking the rice (and any left disappear when the rice is cooked anyway). The moths are not actually in the food and their larvae are very easy to spot and get rid of.

So I repeat: health problem or aesthetic one? Any ideas?

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  1. I guess you could regard the larvae as "bonus protein" and just enjoy 'em poached. Not to my taste, though.

    1. The moths themselves are mostly an esthetic problem. But if you have moths, they'll lay more eggs, produce more larvae, etc. In the rice -- not so bad. In the flour -- not so good.

      1. The original product that started the whole moth problem wasn't fresh. Your taste buds will thank you for using fresh grains. To get rid of the problem, you'll need to replace all of your dry goods in that pantry/cabinet unless all ready packaged in glass containers. And then, you might still find some critters.

        1. they are potentially harmful... think about it, they are essentially fornicating and defecating in your flour, cereal and rice. Not a very appetizing thought... and probably potentially harmful to your health.

          1. I don't like bugs of any kind flying around my house- it says to me dirty.