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Message posted by Jesse 77 on November-29-2009 at 23:47 - IP Logged
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So who here has been so lucky to have to deal with a tobacco beetle infestation ? I just had two of my three desk tops infested with them. I kinda of saw this coming. I guess you can say this is what happens when you are inexperienced. I actually bought a cigar with a perfect hole drilled in it once and paid it no mind. Then this cigar sat in my humidor for months. I also rotate my sticks and move them from one humidor to the other. So you can see where I am going with this. As I started to learn more and read about this. I see how bad it sucks to learn things the hard way. Trial and era is the story of my life. So I now about 250 cigars are in zip locks in my freezer. I cant even stand to think about how much money has gone into the stocking of my humidors. They are all non cubans but are all premium top notch sticks. So I just hope all this works out and I am able to save the bulk of my cigars.

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that really &#$@@!#$@#$!#$????  That happened to me. I took them individually in a ziplock bag and put them in the freezer. I had several beetles. 

I just bought some Montecristo #4's.  I took them out of the pack and put them in the freezer for three days. I was not going to risk it.  I then put them in the fridge for 1 day.  They are all back in the humi now. I check them when I remember just to make sure.  So far, so good.

I just ordered some from MCC.  I will leave them sealed in the box and vaccum seal them until Christmas. 

Good luck. I hope those little suckers all have a pleasant frozen night after night.



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Just had my first beetle recently.  I posted the pic in a different thread.  Never had a full blown infestation, and hope I never will.  I feel for you, and hope not too many sticks were wreaked!

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hi jesse,

i have been through the same situation.  In 98' I went to Cuba and came back with 7 boxes of cigars.  When I got back I put all the cigars in my desktop humidor.  A couple of weeks later I noticed those little beetles walking around my humidor.  I did what you did.  Put all my cigars in ziplock bags  and placed them in the freezer for two days.  Then I transferred all the cigars to my fridge for 4 days to slowly get out of the deep freeze.  Then, I left them out at room temperature for a day so the wrappers won't split when I place them in the humidor.  Also, it is very important to wipe down your humidor as to get rid of any beetle larvae that might have fallen off your cigars, so you won't have to go through this all over again.

P.S try to keep the temperature of your humidor below 70 degrees, this will avoid any further hatchings, as beetles hatch in hot temperature

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Hey Frank, I have read that some say to use a 50/50 mix of water and ammonia to wipe out the humidors. What did you use ? I just took out the cigars from my freezer and put them in the fridge. So I am going to leave them in there for a day or two and then room temp for a day. I vacuumed out the humidors with a small hand vacuum Then I used the dust off cans to blow out any thing in cracks that are hard to reach. I am going to wipe them out just not sure if I should use distilled water or that mix.

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hi Jesse,

sorry, I forgot to mention that I wiped  down my humidor with distilled water.  Haven't seen a beetle since.  I would not recommend any mix with chemicals, ammonia has a very powerful scent, which might be absorbed into your humidor,unless you enjoy smoking cigars that taste like Windex.  Just be patient my friend, its a process that cannot be rushed. 

Take care and let us know how it works out.


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I used an ammonia mix on mine when it happened.  I left the humidor open for a good week and there was no smell left.  I reseasoned it and it has been good to go ever since.  I figured I'd rather make sure those little fuggers were gone for sure.  I haven't noticed any negative flavors in my cigars either.

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Well, I did not use the ammonia mix. I did wipe everything down good with distilled water just kinda like re-seasoning it some sense. I did leave the humidors open during this entire process. I have actually just finished returning all of them to there homes. Everything seems OK for now.
Dave, now you got me wondering if I should have done that ammonia mix just to really kill them off. I assume/hope that after blowing and vacuuming out the boxes and wiping it out good. That they are dead and gone. I really would hate to see another spec crawling around in a week. Then I will be cursing and saying I knew I should have used the ammonia and this wouldn't have happened. I will keep you guys updated over the next month to let you know of any return critters. I am also eager to see how the stogies will bounce back and smoke after such a dramatic experience.

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You'll probably be fine.  Just keep a close eye on them for a while.

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One thing you can do while infested is vacum. The beetles will die without a food source so if you vacum and wipe down not only the humidor but all surfaces around it they wont have anything to eat.

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Let us not forget this. For anyone who has not had any experience when it comes to beetles that you really need to read this and pay attention. Look up pictures, be informed to save your cigars!

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I think this is a really good thread for newbies to read. I had no idea that I should be inspecting my cigars and watching out for these little monsters.

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Beware kallum!
Though actually, if you buy Cubans, beetles are not likely to appear because they freeze all cigars before exporting them from Cuba. However being too careful never hurts, of course.

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I think that is another reason to order from MCC. I have never had a problem with my orders and I have never found beetles or anything else wrong with them. I would be afraid to go someplace else that might sell me cigars that could taint everything.

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Thanks for reviving this thread! I had no idea what to do if I ever got tobacco beetles, and now I do. I inspect all cigars first, of course, and hopefully this will never be an issue.

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Wow, what a nightmare. The amount of money and time to take care of this seems enormous. Is there a way to inspect the cigar at time of purchase for potential beetles? Are there any health issues of smoking the cigars? Will tobacco beetles infest anything else in my house? Infestations kind of creep me out as you might be able to note.

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I am so glad you guys bumped this. I was looking for this thread the other day and could not find it anywhere! I think it is faster and costs lest to just prevent these if you can.

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I've never even heard of anything like that! Being a newbie, I'm glad to find out about these things, so that I can pay better attention and prevent an infestation like that.

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Never had this issue, thanks God! But I heard it could be so bad that you'll have to throw everything you have away, it can't be saved.

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