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    Slightly-Used-Damsel The New Girl
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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?

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    Damsel Diva She-Ra
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

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

    x

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    Razzle Dazzle Damsel Sazzle
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    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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    The girl's a gorgeous one Lady M's Mummy
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    do you mean weevils?



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    Slightly-Used-Damsel The New Girl
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    Quote 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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    The girl's a gorgeous one Lady M's Mummy
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    try googling weevil poisoning

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

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    Slightly-Used-Damsel The New Girl
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

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

    x
    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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    Stealth Bragger Minky
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    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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    Slightly-Used-Damsel The New Girl
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    Quote 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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    Damsel Diva Swiss Babe
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    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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    Damsel Diva She-Ra
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    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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    Stealth Bragger Minky
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    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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    Damsel Diva Swiss Babe
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    Quote 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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    Slightly-Used-Damsel The New Girl
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    Quote 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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    Stealth Bragger Minky
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    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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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    I've had them in the past and have lived to tell the tale! They really are harmless.
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    Damsel Diva frannybaby
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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    I think its just a little extra protein...no harm done!

    We have to keep our flour in the freezer here and the sugar in the fridge as those damn bugs are in there as soon as I turn my back.

    I keep everything in sealed containers as they don't seem too fussy about what they get into!

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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    I've had them before too. Everything goes in sealed containers now and no problems since

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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    I've also had them, now all my stuff goes into preserving jars a la Anthea Turner!! I remember getting told at school that centuries ago when sailors were at sea, they would get their protein from weevils in the biscuits they ate!!!

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    Re: Are Flour Beetles Harmful?

    I've had them - an old packet of flour I'd forgotten about at the back of the cupboard - horrid. Needless to say my flour is now kept safely in tupperware containers and I check for them every so often (paranoia). I seriously doubt they are harmful to eat though - just yucky!

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