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What are these black things I found in and/or on some dishes, cups and utensils in my kitchen?

 
 
Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:28 pm
Hi. I have a plastic bin full of dishes, cups and eating, cooking and baking utensils I keep in the oven of my kitchen.

I opened the oven up recently to go through tbe stuff in the bin. I looked at the stuff in the bin and some of the items had what looked like black, burnt kernels of rice on or in them.

Are these black things insect eggs of any kind? I know I had a pest problem earlier this summer.

I don't know what those things are but I threw out the items that were contaminated with them.

Thankfully the summer is over.

Please help. Thank you.
 
maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:30 pm
@JGoldman10,
That isn't much of a description...

But it reminds me of mouse droppings. Mouse droppings are black and about the size of a grain of rice. That would be my guess.

We had a mouse infestation... so, this is personal experience.

JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:33 pm
@maxdancona,
Some flying pests got into my oven. I had to throw out a frying pan that had a housefly in it.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:36 pm
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

Some flying pests got into my oven. I had to throw out a frying pan that had a housefly in it.


Why?

If you heat anything it kills anything that can possibly harm you. A frying pan can be pretty easily disinfected.

When we has the mouse infestation, they pooped everywhere. It was kind of gross.

I cleaned everything with bleach. There wasn't much I had to throw away.

JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:46 pm
@maxdancona,
I don't want to use anything that insects, bugs and/or arthropods got on. I had to throw stuff out that had flies' eggs on or in them. Flies' eggs are worm-like.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:47 pm
@maxdancona,
How do you disinfect a frying pan?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:48 pm
@JGoldman10,
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/EjBhJHDmBvKW61oLCLMsOZdjL-e-REzj-ZY1UCUzFf64jv-Lg_SLhLzYHw9hgBzXYp2EXyCnPtR3-zWEvRN6PKg_EmA6dgOTC1z6jMNWBspfGVSUejVnPGd5JIYnfVQ8OqA

Personally I am more grossed out by mouse poop. Still, if you disinfect with bleach, or with heat... neither are going to hurt you.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 04:50 pm
@maxdancona,
Maybe what I saw was mouse poop. I did see a mouse in my kitchen.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 05:09 pm
@JGoldman10,
The way you wash any other dishes. Hot water, soap, and scrubbing.

I want to know why you were keeping that stuff in your oven in the first place. Doesn't your kitchen have shelves and cabinets?
chai2
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 05:28 pm
@jespah,
Jes, since I started spending time in Mexico, that’s where I keep mine. That’s where Everyone there keeps them.

Best reason is because they rarely, if ever, use an oven. Neither do I.

In my new place in Austin , I don’t plan on ever lighting the oven.

It’s really much easier that way, keeping them there.

The other day on TikTok there was a lively conversation about this. The consensus was that once you pick up that habit, it really sticks.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 05:33 pm
@jespah,
I had a problem with pests this summer. There were flying pests in my cabinets where I usually put food, cups and dishes. I didn't want them getting on them.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 06:11 pm
@maxdancona,
How would a mouse get in an oven if the oven door and draw is closed?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 06:18 pm
@JGoldman10,
Mice can get in anywhere. They are amazing little creatures.

If there is an opening that is a quarter inch wide, they will find a way in.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 08:14 pm
@maxdancona,
They have whiskers that act as natural radar systems.
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knaivete
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 09:10 pm
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 7 Sep, 2020 11:11 pm
@JGoldman10,
Quote:
Thankfully the summer is over.


Not all insects or vermin only visit during the summer.

Quote:
I threw out the items...


Who are you, !r.Moneybags? Many items can be cleaned up. Washed. Disinfected.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 8 Sep, 2020 02:01 am
@Sturgis,
Yeah I threw out the stuff, big deal. I bought the items from a dollar store. I could afford to throw them out. I didn't have anything that couldn't be replaced.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 8 Sep, 2020 02:14 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

How would a mouse get in an oven if the oven door and drawer is closed?


FIXED.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 8 Sep, 2020 02:16 am
JGoldman10 wrote:

How would a mouse get in an oven if the oven door and drawer is closed?


My oven has a door that opens up on the front, near the floor, and a compartment on the outside of the front underneath the door with a pull-out drawer.

The oven door has to be pulled down to open it.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 8 Sep, 2020 02:18 am
@Sturgis,
Don't worry, Mr. Frugal, it wasn't that much stuff.
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