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Old 12-27-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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magnifying glass ~Astonishing Bugs attracted to White Vinegar!

This is bizarre! Roger brought in a jug of white vinegar I keep in the storage unit off the balcony, a/k/a shed, because I wanted it to clean the emptied refrigerator. I grabbed it off the table and took it to the kitchen, opened it and was about to pour some on the paper towel when I spotted these and said WTH!!!

These bugs were all around the top of the jug, the lid, and some on the side, falling off! There were more on the inside wall of the jug and many that didn't survive trying to swim in the vinegar!

Sorry the quick pix aren't very good, but what kind of bug is it and why would it be attracted to vinegar?

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Old 12-27-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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I've read that's a way to get fungus gnats.
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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I've read that's a way to get fungus gnats.
What do you mean? I googled that and read some articles but what's "a way"?
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #4
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This is bizarre! Roger brought in a jug of white vinegar I keep in the storage unit off the balcony, a/k/a shed, because I wanted it to clean the emptied refrigerator. I grabbed it off the table and took it to the kitchen, opened it and was about to pour some on the paper towel when I spotted these and said WTH!!!

These bugs were all around the top of the jug, the lid, and some on the side, falling off! There were more on the inside wall of the jug and many that didn't survive trying to swim in the vinegar!

Sorry the quick pix aren't very good, but what kind of bug is it and why would it be attracted to vinegar?
The images aren't clear enough to be certain, but their overall shape is consistent with beetles in the family Sylvanidae, such as the saw-toothed grain beetle, a common pantry pest. See http://tinyurl.com/yc6ay3h for an image, and if this looks like your 'guests,' you might want to check all cereal-based food products in your food storage areas for signs of infestation.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:22 PM   #5
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Thanks, suunto. The vinegar jug was on the floor, but there are some grains, like oatmeal, cereal and also some cellophane-wrapped bean-based soup mixes. We're leaving early tomorrow morning so I can't check them til mid-March when I get back. Some may have fallen off the jug onto dining room table or kitchen counter before I spotted them. Why would they go for the old vinegar when there was better stuff available?
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Why would they go for the old vinegar when there was better stuff available?
I honestly have no idea. I'll try doing a little research, and let you know if I find anything.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:29 PM   #7
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Okay, suunto! Thanks!
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:26 PM   #8
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Sage, I should have said 'that's one way to get rid of fungus gnats.

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Old 12-28-2009, 07:50 PM   #9
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A good trap for these annoying bugs is to put out small containers filled halfway with cider vinegar or some cheap beer in areas where you are having problems with them. They dive into the vinegar and drown. Strain and reuse . . .until you have gained control of them.
Not only is this a use for cheap beer, but you get to re-use it. The ultimate in recycling!
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:08 PM   #10
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That would be the ultimate of recycling biigblueyes!
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