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Pantry Pests Live In Your Spices!

March 12, 2018

Cranking up the eek factor with this news.  Those jars of nutmeg, rosemary and cumin could be crawling with pantry pests!  Eww! Itty bitty insects are virtually undetectable to your eye, pantry pests are insects that "attack" foods that are tucked away in your cabinets, such as flour, cereals, herbs, spices, chocolate, and more. But pantry pests are particular to certain spices.  According to the research study, spices like paprika, cayenne pepper, and chili powder are their favorite. In short, any pepper-based spice because they contain the nutrients necessary for bugs to survive for long periods of time, even when the peppers are dried out and crushed. The good (or bad) news is that you've eaten them before and they don't really pose any danger for your health. However you can keep the pantry pests to a minimum by regularly replacing your spices and store them in a cool, dry space as humidity is a bug's best friend.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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