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post #1 of 13 Old 10-19-2019, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Angry First beetle infestation...

So I had been neglecting my cigar collection for awhile aside from checking the humidity here and there. Today I decided to reorganize and one of my tupperdores unfortunately was the victim of beetles. While all of the unwrapped cigars were long gone, about 60% of the wrapped ones seemed ok. No dusting or holes. I am going to do the freeze method on the survivors but there are a couple where the beetles died in the cellophane flap before getting to the cigar. Are these worth saving or are these beetles just the stragglers that didn't make it and should I just toss them?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-19-2019, 11:19 PM
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Bummer, I would think that they are salvageable, chances are pretty good that most of us have smoked freeze dried eggs or larvae already.
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...there are a couple where the beetles died in the cellophane flap before getting to the cigar. Are these worth saving or are these beetles just the stragglers that didn't make it and should I just toss them?
If I'm not mistaken, beetles chew their way out, not in!
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If I'm not mistaken, beetles chew their way out, not in!
Honestly, just cleaning this tupperdore out gives me the willies with how bad it was. I feel like I might have beetles hatching all over my body. I am tempted to just call it all a loss and toss them all.
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Honestly, just cleaning this tupperdore out gives me the willies with how bad it was. I feel like I might have beetles hatching all over my body. I am tempted to just call it all a loss and toss them all.
I'm not sure you understood the implication of what I wrote. It's the larvae that feed on cigars, typically from the inside out. Adult tobacco beetles do not feed at all and do not live long, only a matter of a few weeks, once they reach that stage of their life-cycle. If you found one inside a cello it's probable that it came from that cigar.

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I'm not sure you understood the implication of what I wrote. It's the larvae that feed on cigars, typically from the inside out. Adult tobacco beetles do not feed at all and do not live long, only a matter of a few weeks, once they reach that stage of their life-cycle. If you found one inside a cello it's probable that it came from that cigar.
I get that. But I was referring the the cigar pictured. The dead beetles are in the flap side of the cellophane. I threw out plenty that had beetles in the cello, just found where they were in this one interesting. So I can either salvage it because its clean, assume there are eggs in it and still salvage it, or throw it because the thought of smoking dead beetle eggs is disturbing. Again my first time dealing with this, but I assume most people don't throw out entire humidors if they find beetles.
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I get that. But I was referring the the cigar pictured. The dead beetles are in the flap side of the cellophane. I threw out plenty that had beetles in the cello, just found where they were in this one interesting. So I can either salvage it because its clean, assume there are eggs in it and still salvage it, or throw it because the thought of smoking dead beetle eggs is disturbing. Again my first time dealing with this, but I assume most people don't throw out entire humidors if they find beetles.
It's presumed that there are dormant beetle eggs in ALL cigars. We have only ourselves to blame if we provide them with conditions conducive to their hatching.
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It's presumed that there are dormant beetle eggs in ALL cigars. We have only ourselves to blame if we provide them with conditions conducive to their hatching.
Makes sense. What are you thoughts on freezing cigars on shipment? I have never done it because I had never dealt with beetles until now, but am strongly considering it after this.
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Makes sense. What are you thoughts on freezing cigars on shipment? I have never done it because I had never dealt with beetles until now, but am strongly considering it after this.
I'd say your track record demands that you start freezing. You also need to take a long hard look at your approach to cigar storage.
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