I think not the "good" kind....
I got a tong of somewhat wet-stored '90s tea recently, as well as a few loose cakes of earlier '90s stuff. Both show signs of critters living in them - saw at least one rice-sized larvae and one silverfish looking bug on one of the cakes from the tong, as well as some yellowish-dust on the bamboo wrapping (more than you'd expect from just normal deterioration). The loose cakes showed some signs of insect damage as well, and I noticed a tiny mite on one of them.
In addition, some of my older teas may show less noticeable, but similar signs (I think from before the new teas were introduced).
I vacuum sealed some of the affected cakes individually in food-saver type bags. From what I can tell, even if the larve hatch, they should die from the low oxygen - do folks think I need to do anything further to kill
them? I'd like to avoid freezing or dry ice unless I really have to. Any idea on how long would be ideal - 1 month? Should the better-stored tong I got on the same trip (which spent maybe a week in the same suitcase) get vacuum sealed whole somehow, or at least be quarantined?
This rec.food.drink.tea thread has some interesting information, but haven't been able to find too much other practical advice for what to do about dealing with an existing infestation.http://groups.google.com/group/rec.food ... .tea&pli=1
Also, the RH in my cabinet is currently around 70-72%. Do folks think that reducing it, or temporarily suspending humidification entirely would further help?