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Creatures in my cupboards! :o What are they??

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jamandjerusalem Tue 25-Aug-09 13:37:35

They are small, maybe 3mm max, tiny beetle-type things, almost clear ie very pale.

Not weevils, I've googled images and ruled them out. These critters look a bit like something that'd crawl out of a dusty book.

What are they and how do I get shot of them?? Yuck shock

TheDMHatesMe Tue 25-Aug-09 13:38:13


jamandjerusalem Tue 25-Aug-09 13:39:45

Yuck, just googled silverfish and it ain't those (at least these don't have those long waggly things).

thumbwitch Tue 25-Aug-09 13:41:41

do they crawl or jump? Have they got clear wings?

ilove Tue 25-Aug-09 13:42:37

They probably are weavils, but baby ones. Buggers to get rid of!

BintOfBohemia Tue 25-Aug-09 13:44:01

I think we've got something similar, no idea what they are though!

We're trying to move house so we don't have to deal with it. (Well, amongst many other reasons) wink

Furball Tue 25-Aug-09 13:44:29

flour mites? are they in the cupboard where your flour is kept?

If so, tis quite a common thing, just take everything out, clean an disinfect and chuck out the flour and anything else you find them in. When you buy flour - put it in a seal proof container so if it happens again it is contained

BintOfBohemia Tue 25-Aug-09 13:46:36

having just googled weevils I don't think they're what we've got. Ours are smaller and less grim looking.

If it is weevils you have, apparently they don't like bay leaves? hmm

jamandjerusalem Tue 25-Aug-09 13:47:23

No wings or jumping. They crawl, almost like teeny tiny woodlice but less chunky, IYSWIM.

They could be flour mites, also look less chunky than that. Ok, will sort the drawer and keep everything in jars (most things are kept in jars already, there are just a few things in the cupboard.

Ugh, all this googling pictures of creatures is giving me the shivers.

thumbwitch Tue 25-Aug-09 13:52:54

what about these?WARNING - not for the faint-hearted about mites...

beanieb Tue 25-Aug-09 13:55:02

flour mite things, as someone has suggested? Or oats? Any grain based stuff in your cupboards? They probably came with them.

beanieb Tue 25-Aug-09 13:55:48


claricebeansmum Tue 25-Aug-09 13:55:57

And they'll move house with you!

jamandjerusalem Tue 25-Aug-09 14:13:14

Sorry everyone, this is really rank, isn't it??

They look a bit like the fourth picture along on your link, beanieb... Suppose it doesn't really matter what they are - they obviously hitched a ride with a bag of flour or something and I just need to clean them out and start over.

Thanks <shiver>

BintOfBohemia Tue 25-Aug-09 15:36:12

ewwwwwwwwwwwww - I think ours are flour mites. Nice.

pugsandseals Tue 25-Aug-09 18:08:49

Definately sounds like flour mites to me- we had them a couple of years ago.
PIL bought us some very airtight flour containers from Ikea. Have had them again since in old flour, but the containers are fantastic and stopped them getting out into everything else!

beatiebow Tue 25-Aug-09 19:38:16

Could they be Book Lice? I think we have these.

jamandjerusalem Tue 25-Aug-09 19:46:09

Bloody hell, that's them beatiebow! Thanks. Any idea what to do about them?

beatiebow Tue 25-Aug-09 21:48:46

No, but let me know when you find out!!

cornsillk Tue 25-Aug-09 21:52:14

I had something in my cupboards. I binned everything that they could possible be in and blasted the inside of the cupboards with a hairdryer. They haven't been back since. I reckoned they'd arrived in cheap tesco flour.

bumpybecky Tue 25-Aug-09 21:58:31

I've had these before. I had some naan bread flour mix, forgot about it and when I came to use it the packet was heaving shock The flour mites had got into all the flour - yuck.

I binned all the flours in the cupboard, cleaned very thoroughly then swapped cupboards round so something non-food lived in there. Bought new flour and put that into the now empty non contaminated cupboard.

I was told I needed the plastic containers for everything, but couldn't afford to do so. They've not come back, but we have moved house!

FourArms Wed 26-Aug-09 09:50:02

I got them in one of my cup cupboards a while ago (also stored cereals in there). Changed all cereals to plastic containers, and anti-bacd the cupboard, and they've gone. I've now got them in my baking cupboard. Guess I need some more storage containers in there..... That's my job for when the kids are back to school!

LoveTheCarbs Wed 26-Aug-09 10:41:02

Cripes! I don't have any of these beasties but am now going to rush out and buy lots of plastic containers before the invasion!

CyradisTheSeer Wed 26-Aug-09 10:47:28

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wishingchair Wed 26-Aug-09 11:33:47

OMG - my food cupboards are a right state, and although no creepy crawlies, am now thinking it is only matter of time. Will have major plastic container splurge and a sort out soon.

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