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It's getting real frustrating ,it seems like no matter how new a box of dry food is when we pour it into a bowl a pot what ever small worms are in it.
I have no flies of ant kind flying around in my house,I have no moths in my home of any kind,only other thing I have to deal w/is tiny beetles but they seem to bee in my living room, or dining RM.
I have no idea where the beetles are coming from it seems to be more certain times,less other times than others times,but the tiny worms in new unopened,or opened I've become almost paranoid @times to pour a box out into a bowl a pot,or whatever cause what ever it's gonna be mixed w/is gonna get wasted too,what do I do to get rid of problem,I am just great full nothing can get in to tin cans or I would stop eating anything in my pantry,oh & I never find anything in my cat's food,but I have it completely sealed,in a old 5 gal.plastic soap bucket lined w/a trash bag,but I dnt use that soap so I can't seal food in more buckets,I need cheaper safer way to get rid of these issues,as I mentioned I have a cat,my grandsons visit a lot & they are young & of the 2the oldest autistic, so really need safe way to get rid of bugs,
Thank you jody of las Vegas,Nv

Dear Jody - First off, my apologies for the delay in responding; for some unknown reason, your question did not show up in my inbox. That aside, I really need to see some images of your unwanted 'guests' in order determine your best course of action, so please try to take some clear, close-up photos that you then could attach to a follow-up question. Please bear in mind that (1) It is entirely possible for packaged grain-based products such as cereals, pasta, dry pet food, etc. to contain eggs/larvae of stored product pest insects and (2) Most insects found inside homes turn out to be harmless accidental intruders.

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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