The presence of mites in the house is one of the biggest concerns of housewives, and there are some necessary steps that must be taken to get rid of this insect that spoils food.
In a report published by the Spanish magazine "mejorconsalud", the writer Maria Fernanda Ramos explains that weevils are a small insect that can be found in grains such as wheat, corn or rice. It belongs to the order Coleoptera, and its sizes range from 3 to 60 mm. It has a brownish-red or black color.
Weevils are among the most important pests that threaten crops and stored grains, as the International Center for the Improvement of Maize and Wheat Productions explains.
The presence of mites causes food spoilage and the spread of other insects, and may lead to infections, but it does not pose a significant health risk.
Determine the source of the mite
The first step is to identify the source of mites in the kitchen, and remove food containers that contain the mite.
You should check for mites in your drawers and shelves, before applying the following tips that will help you get rid of the problem.
The first step is to identify the source of mites in the kitchen and remove food packages containing this insect (Getty Images)
How do you get rid of weevils?
Once you find food packages that contain mites, they can be placed in boiling water to kill the insects and prevent them from spreading. Contaminated food can also be placed in a bag, closed tightly, and thrown in the garbage.
The writer adds that some types of weevils, such as the rice weevil, can easily sneak into the kitchen in search of food, and it is difficult to detect them with the naked eye, so the best thing is to clean the cupboards with a vacuum cleaner and use vinegar or insecticides to permanently eliminate these insects.
Use of plants
There are other ways to eliminate weevils based on plants, as bay leaves, cloves, black pepper, rosemary leaves and garlic cloves help get rid of weevils, and matchstick heads can also be placed with vinegar because these ingredients eliminate them.
Using vinegar to clean kitchen cabinets is useful for eliminating insects permanently (Getty Images)
As a last step, it is necessary to do a deep cleaning so that all insects and eggs that have been stored are removed.
To preserve the beans, they can be washed and then baked in the oven to kill any insects.
For drawers and shelves, if mites are widespread, it is better to vacuum, then change the cardboard that covers the surfaces of cabinets, and vinegar can also be used to clean the corners.
If you live in an area where weevils appear naturally, there are some very useful traps to get rid of these insects.
They release pheromones to attract the mites, then kill them as they get close.
Put the packages in the fridge
You may be afraid that mites are present in packages that you did not pay attention to, and to avoid unpleasant surprises, cereals and flour can be put in the refrigerator.
Storing them at a low temperature in airtight containers will prevent them from being exposed to mites again.
If you buy large quantities of grain, check them out and pay attention to the diversity of colors of these insects (Getty Images)
How do we prevent the emergence of mites?
The best way to prevent mites in the kitchen is to avoid buying contaminated foods.
If you buy large quantities of grain, you should check them carefully and pay attention to the diversity of colors of these insects.
For packaged products, move the bag and try to check for any insects through the clear plastic.
This is especially recommended when buying wheat, corn, quinoa, oats, cereals, pasta and barley.
It is also recommended to close drawers and cupboards tightly, clean the kitchen frequently and not leave any amounts of flour or grains on different surfaces.
Beware of other insects
The writer confirms that the mite is the most prevalent insect in kitchens and destroying food, but attention should also be paid to other insects such as the Indian moth or the golden moth.
As for weevils, there are other types that tend to eat wood, and pose a danger to home furniture.Keywords: