Repelling Weevils in Your Kitchen: Rosemary, another great use for it!!!!

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Repelling Weevils in Your Kitchen

By Marylyn
October 2, 2012

We were fighting weevils in our kitchen cabinets for a long stretch. We'd get rid of a batch of food, scour the cabinets, put everything back neatly, and a week or so later there were holes in the new flour bag - again! Aargh! I heard somewhere that rosemary would repel them, so I pruned my bush and put a few tips at the very back of each shelf of the cabinets. No more weevils! Every once in a while I sweep out the dry rosemary needles and put fresh tips in.

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Oct 1, 2012 7:49 PM CST
That is some rosemary bush...

Wonder if it will deter a fruit fly? Hilarious!

No weevils but occasional fruit fly infestation, as I like to leave my fruit on the counter.

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Samigal
Oct 1, 2012 8:14 PM CST
Now I definitely need to get a rosemary bush! Always some kind of bug or gnat to battle.
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Oct 1, 2012 8:16 PM CST
I agree... another use for a beautiful herb.

I have found that I sometimes bring the weevils home from the store in the food products.
I got in the habit of freezing those foods for a couple of days to kill any bugs or eggs.

I appreciate knowing Rosemary will work as I have two plants. I had been using bay leaves instead.
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BookerC1
Oct 1, 2012 8:24 PM CST
What a great tip! Somehow I get a weevil infestation a few times a year, and it is discouraging having to throw away bags of flour, cake mixes, muffin mixes, pancake flour, etc. I suspect I get them when I buy flour products at the little local grocery store. I'll definitely try your rosemary tip!

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Marylyn
Oct 1, 2012 9:45 PM CST
I've never thought of trying it for fruit flies. I will try it next time the little pests show up and let you know how it goes!
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rocklady
Oct 2, 2012 7:42 AM CST
Great tip. Although we haven't had a weevil infestation in a long time, will have to keep the rosemary "cure" in mind. Now fruit flies are another thing. Seems every time we bring home fruit, we also bring home fruit flies! Marilyn, how would you go about it for the fruit flies? Maybe a glass with rosemary in it? Can you root rosemary in water? Maybe if you don't get rid of fruit flies, perhaps you would still get a new plant. Help us out here, Sharon.
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hazelnut
Oct 2, 2012 5:12 PM CST
i root rosemary in a potting mix with a lot of perlite in it. It roots readily by layering but dies if you over water.

I really appreciate the rosemary for weevils tip. This time of year they show up in all the grains and flours. And they even got in my Dad's violin case and at the bow string. When I get it restrung--Ill be sure to put some rosemary in there along with the silica gel and diatomaceous earth.

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hazelnut
Oct 2, 2012 5:13 PM CST
i root rosemary in a potting mix with a lot of perlite in it. It roots readily by layering but dies if you over water.

I really appreciate the rosemary for weevils tip. This time of year they show up in all the grains and flours. And they even got in my Dad's violin case and at the bow string. When I get it restrung--Ill be sure to put some rosemary in there along with the silica gel and diatomaceous earth.

Fruit flies. Vacuum them up and put the fruit in the refrigerator.
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Oct 2, 2012 5:46 PM CST


Hazelnut,

If I put the fruit out of sight, It doesn't get eaten....

But that is a personal problem. Rolling on the floor laughing

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LindaTX8
Oct 3, 2012 12:13 AM CST
May try that! My rosemary bush is large, so I'm always interested in more uses for it. I usually put flour in the freezer for a short while when I first get it, then again from time to time.
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fiwit
Oct 3, 2012 5:09 AM CST
Marilyn, there was a tip last year that said for fruit flies, put apple cider vinegar in a jar lid and set it near the fruit. they'll go after the cider and drown themselves
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Oct 3, 2012 9:08 AM CST

Thanks, I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I will try that next time I get some in. Right now not a problem. Not as many fresh peaches. Whistling
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Marylyn
Oct 3, 2012 9:39 AM CST
We had a batch of fruit flies this past year that didn't like cider vinegar, but loved soy sauce. Go figure. LOL We put a glass with a couple of inches of soy sauce in it on the counter, put plastic wrap over the top of the glass, and poked a couple of holes in the plastic with a fork. The fruit flies climbed in, but couldn't get out. We emptied the glass outside every few days, and then set it up again.
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Oct 3, 2012 9:41 AM CST

How funny, these little critters are picky aren't they Hilarious! Hilarious!

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LindaTX8
Oct 4, 2012 12:12 PM CST
My place got infested badly with fruit flies one time while I was in college. We were doing an experiment in a genetics lab, so were growing fruit flies for that. Being a bit soft-hearted, I just couldn't bring myself to kill the fruit flies at the end of the experiment, so I took many of them home and let them go outside in the garden. But some got into the house somehow and I had a really hard time getting rid of them. One thing I learned was if you have open trashcans in the kitchen, better empty them daily while the problem persists. Those flies will sometimes find things they like in what food scraps you throw away.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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ctcarol
Oct 4, 2012 3:08 PM CST
I'm going outside to trim my rosemary, right now! Hilarious!

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