bugs eating my drum PLEASE HELP

Paul Cherubini cherubini at mindspring.com
Thu Dec 31 19:22:58 EST 1903

JJCardinal wrote:

> I had this happen with imported, wooden statuary.  When I called the local FDA
> they said to burn the items immediately.  They were concerned with infestation
> of a non-native species.  Being I had quite a shipment of these items I was
> required to acquire a burn permit.  These permits are given out first
> come-first served.  I was allowed to burn them the afternoon I called.
> They could be very serious pests.

Not likely a unique or serious pest. It's very likely one of the 15 common 
stored product insect pests (mainly beetles) that have near world wide distributions.

Some flour mills (e.g. General Mills) heat up their plants to 130-140 degrees 
with heaters to kill off stored product insect pest infestations in food processing
machinery.  That's why I suggested putting the drum inside a hot car in the sun 
for a day.

Paul Cherubini, Placerville, Calif.


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