Good Question: Why Are There Bugs In My Storage Jars?

Good Question: Why Are There Bugs In My Storage Jars?

Faith Durand
Jun 17, 2009

Here's a cry for help from reader Lena. Do you have any advice?

I have recently invested an incredible amount of time, energy, and money into acquiring, organizing, and labeling dry food storage, so that I can now buy almost entirely from bulk and skip all the packaging. It was looking great until not once, not twice, but now three times I have found maggots/bugs appearing in the containers!

The first time it was in granola and I thought it must be a fluke; maybe they made it in there from the store. But then they appeared in the quinoa, and then the flax seed. I don't have any other severe bug problems in the kitchen, and I keep things pretty clean. What can I do?

Here are the containers that Lena is using (pictured above):

Stack'n Store Food Storage at The Container Store

Lena, we also wonder if this is an issue with your bulk source. Are all of your goods coming from one place? If so, you might want to switch to another source. That is the extent of our advice (also, try putting bay leaves in your jars).

Readers, have you dealt with this? We are sure that you have much more helpful advice!

Related: Tip: Bay Leaves In the Pantry

(Image: The Container Store)

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