October 2, 2008 3:28 PM Subscribe
My roommate brought some bugs along with her when she moved in. How do we get rid of them and protect the food?
Apparently my now-roommate had a small bug problem - the kind that likes to eat flour and pasta and the like. She threw out everything that was contaminated before she came here, but just last night found one swimming in the pasta she was boiling for dinner. We found a couple more containers that were compromised (those individual-sized rice pouches and some pickles that were in serving-size apple sauce cups). The bugs had eaten through the packaging. Once again, everything contaminated was thrown out.
So now what do we do? She lives off of those tear-off-the-top-and-throw-in-water pouch meals and has tons of them; do we need to throw them all out? Her food is separated from mine by several cabinets - do I need to throw out all of my flour and pasta? What's the best way to prevent them from coming back? I plan to do a very thorough cleaning of countertops and floors tomorrow, but what other prevention should we practice? What types of food are at risk? How careful do we need to be about keeping dirty dishes out of the sink and generally maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen?