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Old Jan 25th 2005, 6:13 am
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We had the same problem. We had seen quite a few small moths around but had largely ignored them. They didn't seem to do anything. Just sat on the ceiling all day.

I had eaten half a banana before I noticed the maggots inside it. It had tasted funny but not that odd. Tasted far worse when it came back up into the toilet!!!

All our food was teaming with maggots. Rice, flour, muesli bars, cereal etc. We must have chucked out $100 of food. We then bought a load of tupperware and put all the food went into that. We bought pantry moth traps and put them around the house, and these were full within days.

We still have the occasional moth flying around but it is soon electrocuted by the electric fly swat. (Most useful thing I have ever bought!!) http://www.swatthefly.co.uk/index.ht...kid=fly+swat&x
Keeps Fiona in line too!!! This is what her hair looks like when I use it on her :scared:

Still, all part of the fun off living in Oz. Still deciding whether to try electrocuting the huntsman that lives in our postbox

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Old Jan 25th 2005, 9:22 am
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lol BP I had posted a question about this last year

I learnt my lesson and now I only buy small packets of things.

Hope you can get rid of them
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lol BP I had posted a question about this last year

I learnt my lesson and now I only buy small packets of things.

Hope you can get rid of them
I think we got them in time. No more crawling up the ceiling. There was me thinking you liked big packages.
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Originally Posted by bondipom
I think we got them in time. No more crawling up the ceiling. There was me thinking you liked big packages.
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...hlight=WEEVILS
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Old Jan 25th 2005, 10:31 am
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stick all things that are grain/rice/dried beans/lentils etc based in sealed containers in the fridge. My mum always stored oats/flour etc in the the fridge crisper drawer. Stopped any weevil problems. Also breakfast cereals were in sealed tubs in the pantry. 'fraid it's part of living in the warmer climate.. beasties that wanna eat your food!!
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Old Jan 25th 2005, 9:40 pm
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This problem doesn't only happen in hot countries... it is quite common to get bugs in your flour in the UK (don't know if they're classsed as Weevils or not).

Also, once I was enjoying my cereal (in the UK), and after getting half way through the bowl, i realised it was swimming with little black ants. :scared:

Our cereal is stored in air-tight tupperware, but the little buggers still got in.

Guess it'll teach me not to be in such a rush before work.
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Old Jan 25th 2005, 10:11 pm
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Oh my stomach is turning.

We had lots of bug things, maybe weevils from my "Wheat Bag", which I bought for a bad back - chuck in the micro, then place on pain - BLISS!!

Anyway, this turned nasty one hot Central Coast summer's day and took us a few days to suss out, it was not pretty.

Feel sick again.

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Originally Posted by bondipom
A bit of terriyaki with one of these on the Barbie.
From army survival training: these are chewy, rather than squelchy, best boiled up in water, but can be eaten raw.
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If you do a search through the forum on tupperware and then trawl through all the crap from the "oh so superior", arrogant, up their own ar**, tossers who post about how "terribly backwards Australia is because they still have Tupperware parties and these are still popular, and have you seen what passes for fashion over here? I can't wait to go back to Marks and Spencers and buy decent knickers and I miss Next and I find it so depressing over here - it is almost like being in a different country and that is not at all what I expected..."

(Take a deep breath, DagBoy, calm down, relax .........OK, stop the rant and back on topic)

Anyway, in the endless Tupperware threads, just occasionally, someone will point out that the main reason that Tupperware is so popular here is that without it you end up with food that goes off or ends up infested with things like weevils.

You know, one of those tips about Australian lifestyle and culture that might actually be useful once you get here....

Anyway - day off today to celebrate the fact that Australia exists, so I am off to sort my tupperware cupboard or something

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Originally Posted by Amazulu
From army survival training: these are chewy, rather than squelchy, best boiled up in water, but can be eaten raw.
I still reckon all round Bonipoms for a bbq - bring your own beer ands loads of it at that - hope you dont mind mate
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Old Jan 26th 2005, 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by DagBoy
If you do a search through the forum on tupperware and then trawl through all the crap from the "oh so superior", arrogant, up their own ar**, tossers who post about how "terribly backwards Australia is because they still have Tupperware parties and these are still popular, and have you seen what passes for fashion over here? I can't wait to go back to Marks and Spencers and buy decent knickers and I miss Next and I find it so depressing over here - it is almost like being in a different country and that is not at all what I expected..."

(Take a deep breath, DagBoy, calm down, relax .........OK, stop the rant and back on topic)

Anyway, in the endless Tupperware threads, just occasionally, someone will point out that the main reason that Tupperware is so popular here is that without it you end up with food that goes off or ends up infested with things like weevils.

You know, one of those tips about Australian lifestyle and culture that might actually be useful once you get here....

Anyway - day off today to celebrate the fact that Australia exists, so I am off to sort my tupperware cupboard or something

Cheers,

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You can buy sealable containers at Coles, Kmart,Woolies etc without the need for a tupperware party. We just need more of the things.
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Yes, forget the Tupperware parties, the $2 shop and Red Dot have virtually the same products.
I put all dry goods into containers as soon as I get home from the shops and this does seem to keep them from infesting my cupboards, but do buy clear plastic canisters as this allows you to see if the little blighters have bred in something you haven't used for a while.
And the only way to prevent them from infesting the cereals is to gas them with highly toxic chemicals immediately after harvesting, in silos and storage bins, etc. I'd rather spend the time involved in sealing them in containers than ingesting another Monsanto product.
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Old Jan 26th 2005, 11:13 am
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I'd love to see what happens if you took your $2 cheapo plasticware back to Coles or the $2 shop 20 years after you bought it, without a receipt & tried to get a replacement for a lid that cracked .
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Originally Posted by Cat_Harrison
This problem doesn't only happen in hot countries... it is quite common to get bugs in your flour in the UK (don't know if they're classsed as Weevils or not).

Also, once I was enjoying my cereal (in the UK), and after getting half way through the bowl, i realised it was swimming with little black ants. :scared:

Our cereal is stored in air-tight tupperware, but the little buggers still got in.

Guess it'll teach me not to be in such a rush before work.

in the 5 years I've lived in the UK, I've only seen weevil infestation only once.. that's pretty mild really.. not quite like living with the huge amount of beasties in Australia that want to share your food...
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Originally Posted by MrsDagboy
I'd love to see what happens if you took your $2 cheapo plasticware back to Coles or the $2 shop 20 years after you bought it, without a receipt & tried to get a replacement for a lid that cracked .
I've had mine seven years without a fault appearing in any one of them. So if they all fell to pieces tomorrow, I'd still think I'd had the better of the deal!
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