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:eek: A good place to start prepping a pantry for short term Bug In, is with a quick pantry patrol. While taking stock and considering organization and portability, take time to check your existing goods for vermin. Under discussion today are weevils. These destructive little devils like your grain products, and seem to be able to get into tightly sealed plastic containers. They are small, elongated, blackish brown insects. While it might seem okay to have a few in your emergency rations... (they won't eat much, and they're good protein?), it isn't a good idea to let them take up residence because they will multiply and munch on your much needed stores. Quickly discard any products infested with weevils, and haul the trash out right away. If you aren't sure if those little black specks in your product are weevils or spices, microwave the product for a couple of seconds and you should see the bugs making a quick exit. Clean all empty containers thoroughly with hot soapy water, and let dry. Then replace with fresh products, putting one or two dried bay leaves in the container. Remember to do this with all grain products, and keep them in a sealed container or resealable plastic bag. Places you might find weevils: flour, corn meal, rice, baking mixes, cereal, croutons, popcorn, oatmeal, crackers... anything grain related. The cost of the dried bay leaves is much less than the cost to replace your stores. Get the freshest dried bay leaves from your local herb shop or co-op. The ones at the grocery are much less potent, and usually more expensive. And, it was likely that the weevils were a gift with purchase from your local grocery. If you have no bay leaves, try matchbooks in or on every container. That may work as well. You will have some residual weevils just hanging out, patrolling for your weak spot so be sure to do this immediately to encourage them to move on. Please share any other thoughts about pantry patrol, weevils or other vermin. What works best for you to keep the pantry safe and secure from pests?
Plenty of threads and articles here to read and discuss, but this one is for beginners. Today we started discussing pantry prep. Willie (my husband) grabbed my hand and led me over to our pitiful pantry. (We live in an apartment, so stockpiling space is premium.) He opened the pantry and said "Quick! You have 30 seconds. Grab the best stuff you can carry!" He started counting. If I told you what I grabbed and what I missed, I would ruin it for you. Try this with your spouse, or go do it without thinking first. You'll be surprised. Be sure and check the pantry for the items you should have gotten instead. Bug out items or surplus not already in your bag should be in one section of the pantry, in container if possible, so you can carry it out easily if you can make a fast exit. That's what I learned, and I got a good laugh as well. Regards, Janet and Willie.