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Get rid of melbille

- There's no way to avoid getting this bill in house

Melbille is similar to brown fur beetle, among the most common pests we have.

The melbs come into the house with food. You can not know for sure whether it comes from the manufacturer or the factory as the food has been through several joints. In apartment complexes, they may also have spread from other apartments in the block.

– Once you discovered the bills, they may have been there for a long time. The food can have been for a year or two with eggs in it, before they get a lot of beetles and spreads. There is no way to avoid getting the melbot in your house, you must have food, “says Stein Norstein, biologist and injury expert in Anticimex.

It’s worth not to have a large stock of flour and grit standing.

If you bring flour or oatmeal with eggs in, it will eventually develop into larvae. If you have had larvae in the house, they begin to multiply. And then you have the problem with melbling.

– Are you buying new food and providing short storage time, you can detect the larvae before it becomes a problem. Check flour and dry foods regularly, especially protein-rich cereals such as flour, oatmeal and musli. You should also pay extra attention to open packages with dog lining and dry forks.

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LARGE AND MELBILLE: Have you discovered larvae or melbles in your cereal? Then you have to throw your food and vacuum the cabinet. Foods containing eggs can be frozen. Photo: Lennart Falk / Anticimex.

Walking around

The injury expert says that there are 8 – 10 regular beetles in flour in Norway. The most common is brown-black melbille, but also rhizelbille, chestnut melbille, chopped melbille and large melbille appear in the thousand homes.

According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, brown black melbille was first detected in Norway in 1943, but is now very common in dry foods. The adult bills wander around, and can therefore easily return to cooked foods after they were extinct locally.

Bills are 4 – 6 mm long. The color is shiny dark brown and the shape is elongated oval.

Preben Ottesen is Director of the Department of Public Health. He says that both larvae and adult beetles live in foods. There they eat and the larvae grow up. In this way, the melilla separates itself from the flour mill.

Dried fruit moth is common in Norway and is considered to be one of our five most common indoor pests.

– In the dry fruit mill, only the larvae are eating, says Preben Ottesen.

He reassures that the mela is quite easy to get rid of in private homes.

– In food mills and feed mills it is more difficult. Here the melbots are very difficult to get rid of, among other things because rollers and other machines have countless hiding places that are hard to get to.

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MELBILLER: Three of the most common melbuses in Norway: brown black flour about 5 mm, tinned flour about approx.. 3 mm long, rice flour ca. 4 mm Photo: Illustration: Preben Ottesen, Institute of Public Health

– Shuts the flour before they call

Stein Norstein in Anticimex says that the company receives a lot of inquiries about melbiller.

– Many people find beetles in their flour, but many have already thrown mackerel with beetles when they contact us, telling the injury expert.

So what to do when the food cabinet is full of melbiller?

Stein Norstein’s advice is to find the source of origin in the food cabinet and to chop all the things that are beetles in. Then you should go through the rest of the melon. Throw all that larvae in. Flour that apparently looks normal may contain eggs. Therefore, it is advisable to place this in the freezer for a week.

– Another tip is to vacuum inside the closet. You should not wash. Milk and water make glue, so it can hurt worse. Also try to scratch away with a knife before vacuuming. Then you should look over everything else of dry food in the house, like biscuits, dog food and spices. Pay particular attention to packages that are not sealed and of paper, this can cause the bills to flow through.

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BIG MELBILLE: Regularly check flour and dairy products, especially protein-rich cereals like common flour, oatmeal and mussel, Stein Norstein is in Anticimex. Photo: Lennart Falk / Anticimex.

Not dangerous to eat

Most people manage to bend the melbs on their own, unlike wall animals, as it is harder to get rid of.

– You can do this yourself if you go for it. Taking it early is easy to take. However, egg and larvae get time to multiply, it may take 2-3 months before the problem is resolved. The eggs can not be seen, but the adult insects are easy to detect, says Stein Norstein.

The bills are happily around the house and can hide in the bedroom. Just before they die out of hunger, they arrive in a final desperate attempt to find food. If you find a beep long after you thought the problem was resolved, it may be a last convulsion from the melter side – and not a sign that they are back to be.

The injury expert reassures that it is not dangerous to eat neither eggs, caterpillars or milbills.

But you are unlikely to eat the melilla itself.

– The brown-black melon both tastes and smells very bad.


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