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It’s happened a couple of times in the past and again yesterday. I had taken a couples of spoonfuls of my breakfast cereal and suddenly noticed minute creatures swimming in the milk. I threw that lot away and filled another bowl only to find the same thing. We keep the cereals in an airtight glass container and on giving it a good shake we found more climbing around the flakes. We searched the cupboard and shelves to look for any but found none.

 

We always on opening a new box put the contents into an airtight container which is always washed out between fillings So where are they coming from, is it remotely possible that they are there when packed in the factory and I’m quite happy to accept that despite our cleanliness they get in at our house even though no sign of them anywhere outside of the container. Is it more common than I realise.
 

 

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It used to be a regular thing when I lived in NIgeria, but here in Thailand it's only happened once, when I found them in muesli that was in a sealed ziploc bag. I have an excellent pest control guy and never, ever see any bugs in the kitchen, so I assumed they must already have been in the bag of muesli when I bought it from Makro. So I think the above explanation by @britmantoo is probably right.

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Similar to other pantry pests, granary and rice weevils will infest and feed on whole grains and rice as well as nuts, beans, cereals, seeds, corn, and other such foods.

 

But unlike beetles that live and feed on foods, these weevils actually live and feed inside the food. The female chews a hole into a seed or grain kernel and deposits an egg inside, then seals up the opening, leaving the egg behind. When the egg hatches (inside the grain/seed), the larva feeds on the meat inside until it is fully grown.

 

Once fully grown, the adult weevil eats its way out of the grain/seed.

 

Read more here.

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The OP's post brings back happy memories of the time I lived in Livingstone, Zambia, many years ago.  My morning cereal was always something called Maltabella, which I used to enjoy.  One day, I discovered my "house boy" running the fine-grained cereal through a sieve, and asked him why. He was separating the weevils out, he told me. Finally, I found out that weevils were cooked into our bread also, and used to spend time picking them out of the slices, very fastidiously, before I ate the bread. 

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5 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Microwave your cereal.

The creatures will still be there but you won't notice them if they're dead.

They're in factory packed eggs that come with the cereal, sometimes they hatch while still on the shop shelf.

On the positive side, at least you know your cereal isn't full of pesticide.

 

you still see their little black heads, especially because your eyes are scotoma'd to look out for them. 

I thought at least they'd float after the cooking... alas Not (all of them)  

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15 minutes ago, Guderian said:

It used to be a regular thing when I lived in NIgeria, but here in Thailand it's only happened once, when I found them in muesli that was in a sealed ziploc bag. I have an excellent pest control guy and never, ever see any bugs in the kitchen, so I assumed they must already have been in the bag of muesli when I bought it from Makro. So I think the above explanation by @britmantoo is probably right.

they were already in the nuts etc, well before the Muesli was packaged... 

 

it is even worse when one opens a new pack of Sunflower Seed (still in the shell) 

 

 

these evil little geniuses

Image result for cereal moth gif 

flywire is useless to keep them out of the house, they are 'that' small

 

and these are what eventually crawl their way out... to start the cycle over again... image.jpeg.ffb050710fb719cab5371c8a17f59685.jpeg  

 

 

ps... the only useful thing about them, is that your Goldfish LOVE them

 

 

 

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After opening I store in the fridge,

And other food stuff like milo, honey 

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Put the Cereal in the Fridge, been doing it for more than 40 years never had weevils, put nuts in also , keeps the Cereal fresh and the nuts also. 

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but spraying pesticides can me more toxic than eating insects😀

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Had the same problem a few times, now my wife keeps the cereal in the fridge - problem solved.

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Hush your mouth man, or you will have half of Issaan knocking on your door wanting Weevils!

 

At least they were still alive, the dead ones are covered in pesticide.

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Is that what those things are...I bought 3 slightly out of date packs of sage & onion stuffing because they were on offer. I thought how can dust go off 😋

 

Didn't use them for a while and actually gave one to a mate. Next day he sent me a video of these things crawling around in the sealed packet.

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After buying your cereal put it in the freezer for a couple of days and the low temperature will kill any hidden eggs. We have a 6 cube chest freezer and keep rice and processed cereals in it removing only ready use quantities. Happy Weetabix!

 

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