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I have discovered small white larvae (probably moth larvae) creeping out of the Panasonic bread machine (SD-253) when it is on (no activity when it is off) and I don't know whether the eggs were laid in the lid or in the part with the little window. How can I get into these two parts to clean them out. I cannot use the machine until I clean it out as they will get into the bread. I have had the machine for at least 5 years and it has never happened before.

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I would recommend running a sacrifice loaf through and letting the cook cycle finish. It would be very surprising if any moth larvae could survive the ambient heat. Then give the bread to some ducks or inlaws:) Those areas of the machine are not really intended to be opened, so that is my best advice.
Bon apetite!
Farmerbear

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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  • Alfonso Felix Sep 11, 2010

    I have already put two loaves through, the little wretches just keep coming.... some do get cooked but others survive, there is usually one wriggling inside the control panel window! I wish I knew how many were in there.

  • Alfonso Felix Sep 11, 2010

    I meant to say thank you Farmerbear for putting your mind to the problem, it is obviously not a usual one!

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    farmerbear Sep 11, 2010

    Howdy, I am hoping that if I can come up with a better solution, you will upgrade me from one thumbs-up which equals "unhelpful solution". I try never to be glib and give actual consideration to all my solutions; here are my latest thoughts on your situation:

    replace all your flour as the larvae arrive in the flour and will hatch over time.
    Store your flour in the freezer to keep it at its best (larvae free) and here's the best part;
    either make room in your freezer for the bread machine to freeze to death any remaining larvae in the works or fumigate it with a nonpoisonous inert gas like carbon dioxide. An easy way to do this is to seal it in a garbage bag with some pieces of dry ice ( availabel from ice cream stores and on freight arrival days at some groceries). We use this method ourselves to keep our animal feed free of moths. If all else fails, give the machine to some ducks or inlaws and start over:)

    Thanks for the note.
    Best regards, Farmerbear at FixYa.com

  • Alfonso Felix Sep 11, 2010

    Cannot get the reply button to work, so using comment. Sorry about the one thumb, but it did provoke you into more useful suggestions! And they may just do the trick if I can get the necessary. I also believe the larvae came from the flour and will have to try and find room for it in the freezer - good idea. However the freezer is far too small to take the machine and don't know anyone with a bigger one (we are in the UK....) so that one's out. Will have to find out about the dry ice - never had the need before! The last suggestion could be a problem as I have no in-laws (lucky me!) and the ducks have already refused the offer of damaged goods. If I can't get hold of any dry ice I'll have to spread my net wider for a larger freezer. So thank you again Farmerbear, you can have lots of brownie points this time, but can't see a thumbs score for your latest suggestion, how do I show it against this answer?

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