Argh! Last night we decided to kick up our heels and make something quick from a box. So I dumped the mac into the boiling water, and up floated a couple of insects! The next box in the cupboard had a lovely little worm hanging out in it. Lovely. Our cupboard is infested with Indian meal moths.
I should have caught on when the sunflower seeds clumped together. I assumed they were just old and decomposing. The dried mango that went yucky. . . I just assumed that it was a contaminated batch, and I hadn't looked too closely.
Now that I know what I am dealing with, I realize I have to strip out all of the cupboard's non-canned dry goods, and dispose, freeze, or eat them promptly. And vacuum out the cupboards. And hope like hell that there are no meal moth larvae lurking under the oven or in another room, because it appears that these bugs are hard as hell to be rid of.
The worst part will be the spice cupboard, but I've been needing an excuse to sort it and start over.
It's a damn good thing these bugs don't carry diseases. They are disgusting; they eat your dry goods and poop in them, and web them up with silk, but they're edible; or at least won't make you sick other than at the thought of eating insects.