Once you enter the world of agriculture sooner or later you will have to deal with the problem of bugs. These could be fruit flies flying around your wheatgrass or grain bugs hatching out of improperly stored grains and beans. No doubt about it; this is a pesky problem! People have been battling bugs since the beginning of civilization and still with all our technology, there is no fast and easy fix. But here are a few things you can do.

If the Bugs Are in Your Seeds

First house your grains and beans in a sealed container with a moisture proof lid and store it in a cool location. The closer you can get to 60 degrees, the longer they will last. Bugs hatch in warm temperatures. You may have larvae in your seeds. You can’t see them and you can’t screen them out. Don’t even think about their existence else you’ll never be able to eat anything again. Try freezing a batch of seeds in a thick, moisture proof bag or jar. Leave it in the freezer for 24-48 hours.

If the Bugs Are Flying Around your Kitchen

Wheatgrass can attract fruit flies. First eliminate all openly displayed fruit. Remove all the foods where they congregate including the wheatgrass trays. After you remove the food source for the fruit flies, you have a few choices on how to eradicate them. The easiest is to shop around at your local hardware store for the different commercial products. I like the kind that contain attractants that lure the bugs and trap them. If you are so inclined, you could create your own trap using things like vinegar, beer, and honey. Another, more difficult alternative is to flush out the room cold air and fans. I once chilled, fanned, and refreshed my New York City kitchen for about an hour in the Wintertime. (I was desperate.) But it worked! – Sproutman