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Found larvae in the flour I used to feed my starter!

kmichae1's picture

Found larvae in the flour I used to feed my starter!

Hi everyone I was going to feed my sourdough starter tonight when I saw that my flour had multiple little beige worm looking bugs which I think are larvae from what I could figure out on google. I of course got rid of the flour and didn't use It but I've used that same bag to feed my starter for the last few days. Is my starter okay to keep? I haven't seen any bugs in It, only in the flour. Thanks! 

phaz's picture

No bugs no problem. Enjoy!

suave's picture

Unless you are grossed out by the possibility of them being there you are fine.  I would check your other flour bags though.  Particularly non-white flours.

Sabina's picture

To check your other flours and all dried products such as pasta and cereal that aren't in sealed containers. We had an infestation from some sort of moth  once and they were in everything. We had to keep all such dried products in sealed plastic containers for a couple of months to stop them from  getting reinfested once the contaminated products were thrown away. The adult bugs were apparently hiding out about the house waiting to lay their eggs.

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JeremyCherfas's picture

48 hours in the freezer for any products you have cleaned up, maybe by sifting, is also a good idea, to kill unhatched eggs. But neither the eggs nor the larvae will actually harm you.