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paper mache—pantry beetle?
Hi there Mr.Bug man!
I am so intrigued by your website! I only wish I knew about it six months ago when we took down a paper mache tree I made for my son’s room. A few years ago, I created a three dimensional tree on his wall using school-type brown paper towels and a paste of flour and water. My masterpiece looked even more life-like within a couple years when it became the home for thousands of teeeeny-tiny little brown beetles. I never imagined it was the paper mache tree that continually lured these little guys into his room each summer until we finally noticed pin holes throughout. YUCK! Based on your description and photos of the pantry beetle, it would be my guess. What do you think?
Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!
Sincerely creeped out,
Melissa Hiller
Jackson, MI

Hi Melissa,
You are so correct. They have eaten our papier mache diorama projects in the past.

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2 Responses to A Beetle Ate My Homework!!!

  1. Karen says:

    Susan H
    Thank u
    Thank you for your suggestions. I will offer one to you. I couldn’t believe it but I used peroxide to clean before my cleaners and what a difference. My kitchen hasn’t felt this clean in forever. The Epsom salts, again cheap at the feed store in 50 lb bags, along with baking soda helps somewhat. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep strong you are so not alone. This website is such a Godsend.

  2. Elizabeth Pereira says:

    Why not try metholated spirits? That kills bugs on contact. Prople in Australia add it to shampoo to kill lice. They used to wash babies with it and water in the 60s when they were born to kill germs… After Ive washed in the shower, I add 1 half a cup and mix with water and tip it over myself and let it sink in. (I have eczema not that bug) Be warned though, of you have opened wounds it stings like shit. Thsts the only downside. Anyway I hope that helps. God bless Xxxxxxx

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