The expert says the most common variety of bugs found in your everyday pantry spices are known as cigarette and drugstore beetles - which are also found in tobacco and various pharmacy items, which explains the names. They’re the size of a sesame seed and a reddish-brown colour - and can also fly. What?!
But if knowing that there could be flying bugs hiding in your spices wasn’t gross enough, it’s about to get worse - they can turn into worms.
‘These particular pests are beetles, so they undergo complete metamorphosis. So they have an egg, larva, pupa, and adult stage," he explained.
But the expert says there IS something you can do to ward off any possible infestation. He says it’s important to check spices for any damage or infestations BEFORE you buy them from the store, and to even stick them in your freezer for four hours after you buy them to end the life cycle of any bugs you may have missed. Good advice!
Now, we’re off to examine our spice rack ....