Recently, I have the annoying weevils running riot in my bag of rice. So, I have tried several methods :
1) Buy only 5 kg packet of rice so that we do not keep for too long.
2) Do not store the rice in a wooden container but leave the rice in the packet. Weevils tend to lay eggs in the wooden container.
3) Put dried chillies to make the weevils dance in the heat and die. (LOL)
Unfortunately, this petua orang Melayu doesn’t work for my rice. Maybe the weevils love spices.
I didn’t have much rice left in the plastic bag so what I did was :
1) Put the rice and the weevils in the microwave and give the weevils a merry-go-round ride. I thought they would die. But nope. Still running around.
2) Pour a pot of boiling water and oh mammaa…..die they did. So, I washed the rice through several rinse of water and cooked two days, four meals rice at one go. *roll eyes* Now I have to eat white rice, fried rice and more fried rice for two days.
Since small, we have been taught never to waste rice. So throwing the perfectly good rice away is not an option. So, eat I must. Weevils or not.
However, I just on this website that weevils can cause food poisoning! Ah well, it is too late now. I have eaten lots of weevils infested rice. Not the black coloured insects but maybe the eggs and larvaes. Who knows….
Weevils are often found in dry foods including nuts,seeds, cereal and grain products. In a domestic setting, they are most likely found when opening a bag of flour, even though they will just as happily infest most types of grain including oats, barley and breakfast cereals. Their presence is often indicated by the granules of the infested item sticking together in strings, as if caught in a cobweb. If ingested, E. coli infection and other various diseases can be contracted from weevils, depending on their diet.
After I got rid of this packet of rice with weevils, I am going to open another new bag of 5 kg rice. I hope I don’t have any weevils hiding around to lay eggs on the new bag of rice. Here are some ways to prevent weevils :
Basic Weevil Control
* Some infestations of packaged food originate in the food-processing plant or warehouse. Broken packages should not be purchased, or should be exchanged for unbroken packages when discovered, for the chance of these being infested is greater than for perfectly sealed ones.
* Periodic cleaning of the shelves helps to prevent infestation of stored food products by pantry pests. Certain pantry pests need only small amounts of food to live and breed.
* Do not mix old and new lots of foodstuffs. If the old material is infested, the pest will quickly invade the new.
* Place exposed food in containers with tight-fitting lids.
* If you are unsure about an item being infested, place it in a plastic bag where you will be able to catch anything that emerges.
* If you find the pantry pest accumulating in the bag, you know the foodstuff is contaminated and needs to be discarded.
(more suggestions on How to get rid of weevils)
I just wonder….sometimes, I find weevils in the pasta imported from Australia, sometimes flour from Canada and other times pasta from Italy. Then, there are weevils in rice from Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. Now, I wonder if these weevils speak the same weevil language?