Dealing with Tobacco Beetles
Written by Kevin Godbee

Friday, 15 May 2009

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Manufacturers go to great lengths to try and keep the beetle out of their product. The most important way to prevent beetle infestation is by keeping the factory as clean as possible. Dust and tobacco scraps are great breeding grounds for the tobacco beetle so everything is constantly being cleaned.

The tobacco is also fumigated during various steps in the manufacturing process and traps are set around the factory. Just one beetle in a trap is a sure sign that there are at least 100 more waiting to hatch so the manufacturers are always vigilant.

Fumigation has the ability to kill the beetle at all stages in its development and you would think that would be enough but some manufacturers go even further and actually freeze the cigars before they ship them. This kills any remaining tobacco beetle larvae.


Enough to Make a Cigar Enthusiast Cry

The proper humidity for storing cigars is often discussed, but you can’t forget about the temperature. You may have heard of the “75/75 Rule” – 75% humidity and 75°F temperature. These settings can be debated for pages on end in a cigar forum with many people saying 75% humidity is too much, but we won’t go there with this article.

The important thing to know is that tobacco beetle eggs begin incubation and hatch at 79-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are unlucky enough to have tobacco beetles in your humidor (look for little pin holes in your cigars), but lucky enough to catch them before they destroy all your cigars, here’s what you should do.

Discard the cigars with visible damage. Freeze the rest. Then clean out your humidor.

The correct procedure for freezing is to leave the cigars in the freezer for 72 hours and then place them in the very bottom of your refrigerator for 24 hours to allow them to thaw out. Only then should you place them back in your humidor.

You should also be checking your humidor for these pests because the lifecycle of the beetle means that it’s quite possible that it’s your humidor that’s infested and not the cigars that you’re buying. Don’t forget, these little monsters are very hard to see and love to live in the corners where it’s even harder to see them.

If you think that your humidor may be where the tobacco beetles are hiding, then put a sheet of white paper on the table, turn your humidor on its side and, using a soft cloth, gently wipe the inside of the box so that anything the cloth disturbs falls onto one of the sides. Then tip whatever the cloth has disturbed out onto the paper.

While the tobacco beetle’s eggs are usually too small to be seen you should be able to see the larvae against the white background of the paper. The beetles are a dark brown color so they will be clearly visible. But don’t think that just because you don’t spot any beetles that you don’t have a problem, the adult beetle has a shorter life-span than the larvae so it’s possible that the adults have died and left behind the eggs and the larvae to do the damage.

When you have finished cleaning your humidor, fold the paper up so that whatever has come out of the humidor is trapped inside. Then immediately take it outside and burn it. Don’t leave it to do another day - do it immediately, because if there are larvae on the paper they will chew their way through it and escape and the cycle that destroys your cigars will start all over again.

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