As I was looking for deals on flour, I ran across this page on weevils and how to get rid of them: http://dearreader.typepad.com/dear/2004/11/how_to_get_rid_.html
I had often heard about flower bugs, but never had any bugs in my kitchen until a couple years ago. I poured pasta out of a cardboard box into boiling water and thought I wasn't seeing right. I kept throwing things away and eventually moving helped. Last summer my kitchen was bug-free except for the occasional camel spider or scorpion, the usual desert critters and they weren't in the FOOD.
So this page has TONS of comments and I thought this one was very funny:
These comments are very funny. I guess most of us have this problems with bugs in our flour and cereal. What I do is I just make the meal anyway and pretend I didnt see any bugs in there. Then I serve it to my husband (he scarfs down his food so he'll never know the difference anyway). Meantime, I help myself to some fruit. This way I'm healthy, my husband is full, and everyone walks away happy.
There's a lot to be said for doing your own cooking.
It looks like keeping flower in the fridge/freezer as I've been doing is the best way to prevent bugs.
And just yesterday I wrote that there's no way I could use a pound of bay leaves. I'm going to put a few leaves in my cabinets right now, better safe than sorry.
Ever since the pasta incident I look at everything in boxes and actually don't keep many foods with flower/grains around anymore. It's surprising that during my first few years in AZ I had cereal boxes sitting around for months and even years (visitors brought food and didn't finish it) and I now I throw leftovers away a lot faster.
Over 20 years ago I read an article about what's in canned tuna. I haven't bought tuna since. I've actually enjoyed a few very good tuna sandwiches when visiting neighbors, but I just don't buy it anymore.
Sometimes it's better not to know what's in our food. I know it won't kill me or make me sick, but it's just so gross.