Chamomile & Chrysanthemum bug infestation in containers!

well it seems these teavana containers are not so air tight... probably that allowed any larva to grow and multiply (5months) into a whole colony occupying the container, reducing the plant and flowers to a mulch...
this is a little 2mm long brown little flying bug, obviously not small enough to escape the container and eat all my tea
yup, organic... great...
Reply to
SN

i think is pretty common to see those brown bugs in flower teas... i ussually take them out under the sun.
Reply to
Jazzy
Those little critters sound a lot like "grain moths" which are common this time of year. They are also common in stores that sell "bulk".
Foods) they are apparently harmless , although creepy. In ridding ourselves of them we dumped most everything and taped bay laurel leaves to the top of each container (outside) which has inhibited any re-infestation. Also, organic gardening stores online sell sticky traps which can go into your cabinets and they work very, very well. Hope this helps. Shen
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Shen
Even if they _are_ airtight, it doesn't take a lot of air inside the can to allow the critters to survive and breed.
This is a very popular thing with Hungarian paprika, also. Keep it in the freezer or the seeds will hatch and you will have a can full of bugs very quickly. --scott
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Scott Dorsey

research I've done on our own invasion (courtesy of Whole
These sound too small to be grain moths:
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Also, grain moths eat starch, and AFAIK, there's not much starch in flowers (or tea). Sorry I can't tell you what it is; just what it isn't. ;-)
I dealt with grain moth infestation several times when I lived in Texas (haven't yet in Arizona, fingers crossed) and found that the sticky traps with the pheromone lure worked very well. I also learned that these guys can chew through plastic, so even foods in thick zip- loc bags were infested.
Alan
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Alan

Since I know where I can buy such things..... no point in trying to make my own :)
Besides, those drinks are really only good for one or two sittings before they get boring.
MarshalN
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MarshalN

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