Grain Weevil

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  1. stevo

    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member GOLD

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    I found that my bag of chook grain is now full of Grain Weevils! I thought they were ants at first so didn't worry about it. It seems they lay their eggs in the grain and then continue to multiply. Apparently you can kill them by freezing or heating the grain. Maybe on the next bag I should divide it up in to small batches and freeze it for a week.

    They look like this.... (not my photo), about the size of a small ant.

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    The chickens would eat them anyway wouldn't they?

    Just don't let them get into your kitchen! We had weevils in a NEW bag of rice I got from the IGA we had to clean out the cupboard so they wouldn't infest everything else... :quiver:
     
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    I'm not sure, they might eat them but I haven't watched them. The weevils are slowly turning the grain into powder inside the bag, I was wondering what was happening, there's thousands of them. It's not really a big problem though, maybe the next bag i'll keep somewhere else for a while.
     
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    Have you got the bag in a bin? I keep my feed bag in a galvanised garbage bin...

    But the weevils were probably in the feed bag when you got it I would say.
     
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    I just have the bag in the shed, no containers, so it's gets eaten by mice and rats,.... yeah I've been meaning to get a big container :oops: .... not too much of a problem in the suburbs.
     

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