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  • Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    When I say harmful, I obviously know that they aren't going to kill you but do they give you an upset tummy ...etc?

    We were making "packet Mix" shortbread at my Nan's this afternoon. Now I didn't realise until I put the flour back in Nan's cupboard - AFTER BAKING AND EATING A BISCUIT that it had flour beetles in it.

    It turned my stomach, now I don't know if it is just my imagination but my stomach feeling funny like as if it's a bit upset. I have encountered flour beetles before but usually before I cook with it .... I can't believe I didn't notice.

    Am I just being dramatic or could it be linked?

    ....who, me, never!!!!

  • #2
    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    sorry to be no help but what are flour beetles, and how do you know if you have them???

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    • #3
      Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

      Erm, if they've been thoroughly cooked I wouldn't have thought they'd be harmful, but what do I know? Maybe it's just the *thought* of eating them that's making you feel a bit

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      • #4
        Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

        do you mean weevils?

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        • #5
          Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

          Originally posted by Lady M's Mummy
          do you mean weevils?
          My Nan calls them Weevils but I have always known them as flour beetles - I think that they are the same thing.

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          • #6
            Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

            try googling weevil poisoning

            Sorry, seriously i wouldn't think they were harmful at all.

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            • #7
              Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

              Originally posted by She-Ra
              sorry to be no help but what are flour beetles, and how do you know if you have them???

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              She-ra, they are tiny little crawly beetle things that live in flour. You mostly find them in out of date flour or if your flour has gotten warm (feel free to correct my anyone if I am talking rubbish).

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              • #8
                Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                Ewwww!

                I don't think they'd harm you, no, but I'd be binning all that stuff.

                You get them when stuff is in packets in the cupboard (hense part of the reason for my Tupperware obsession as it keeps dry goods safe from yuckies like that).

                YUCK!

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                • #9
                  Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                  Originally posted by Lady M's Mummy
                  try googling weevil poisoning

                  Sorry, seriously i wouldn't think they were harmful at all.
                  Oh don't - you know i am going to have to go and do it now don't you!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                    Oh my Lordy

                    I have never heard of them before but am so going to go out tomorrow and buy a load of tupperware

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                    • #11
                      Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                      me too swiss babe, i may have loads of beetles in my cupboard and not know. are they easily visible??

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                      • #12
                        Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                        They are little black dots and yes, you can see them. But personally, I wouldn't ever leave anything in the packet in the cupboard (mice as well as little beetles can get in ).

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                        • #13
                          Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                          Originally posted by She-Ra
                          i may have loads of beetles in my cupboard and not know.
                          Me too but I am seriously too scared to look

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                          • #14
                            Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                            Originally posted by Swiss Babe
                            Me too but I am seriously too scared to look
                            Honestly - they aren't that bad they are tiny. Ok the thought of it isn't great but they are tiny and not scary iyswim.

                            Now come on ladies I have googled weevil poisoning and flour beetle posioning and it has come back with nothing! ....a good sign perhaps ?

                            There has got to be someone who has eaten flour beetles out there and survived

                            Minky I will consider myself told and invest in some good tupperware.

                            Go on have a look in your cupboards, please someone else find them and me not be the only dirty mare.....well in my defence it was my Nan's house. But I have had them in my own

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                            • #15
                              Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

                              I had them in my last place before I got everything in Tupperware so it's not just you!

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